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"He's earned the right to be here," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "You get to the point now where you're not given games anymore, you have to earn them. He's earned his games. It's valuable experience with him being here at camp. We're going to keep going game by game here to see where he fits in and go from there. Still got three games to go, and see where he fits in."
Does Nill view Harley as a legitimate NHL option?
"Yeah, well you know what, he's earned the right," Nill said. "He's still young, you've got to be realistic, he's still 18 years old and it's a big step yet. Let's kind of go game by game here and let's see where he fits in. So far, the coaches when we're putting lineups together, his name comes up and he deserves a chance. So that's how we view it and that's important. I think he's earned that right."
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Personally, I don’t think developing a guy by keeping him in juniors means as much as fans build it up to be. I think the real secret to development is time. All you’re really doing is waiting for the skinny 17 year old to bulk up into a bigger, faster, and stronger 20 something man. That’s the real secret to development. Just waiting for a kid to grow into his body.
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If his options are either NHL or juniors then I think I’d be inclined to keep him in the NHL where he could learn to play up to the NHL level.
If you send him back to juniors then there’s the chance that he develops a bunch of bad habits — things that work great against other 18 year olds, but wouldn’t work at all in the NHL.
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If he signs an entry-level contract later on, it costs nothing to test him for 10 games, not to burn his first year contract. If he manages to earn a roster spot, go for it. Otherwise, assign him to the minors.