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Time in minors often helps rookies

Flames forward Sven Baertschi skates against the Sharks at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary,...

Flames forward Sven Baertschi skates against the Sharks at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta., Jan. 20, 2013. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:25 PM ET

In the past couple of weeks, Sven Baertschi, Mikael Granlund and Chris Kreider were all sent to the minors.

 

All three were seen as potential Calder Trophy candidates before puck dropped on the NHL season.

All three have struggled to reach expectations at the NHL level.

All three are better off being in the minors, despite the varying degrees up uproar over their demotions.

As much as fans everywhere want their team’s young prospects to make the jump as soon as possible to full-time big-leaguer, the reminder has come to have patience.

It’s long been the philosophy of the Detroit Red Wings and GM Ken Holland — and his team is widely considered to be among the best, if not the best — at developing players.

“I spent nine years in the American league, in the Red Wings organization and the Hartford Whalers organization when they were trying to rebuild, and the minute somebody showed anything in a month of hope, up they went. They’d come bac


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