Originally Posted by ridinryan44
Respect you opinion, but disagree. While you may not "develop" in a 6 or 7 game tournament like you would playing against men in the AHL, the experience you get playing in big game situations has gotta be worth 15 games (or sumpoin like that) in the AHL, IMO. Experiencing that pressure and learning to control your emotions and energy can't be learned in any other situation. I'd, personally, say that playing an entire WJC has gotta be close to being worth a season (or so) in the AHL. The best players are recognized for winning and performing at clutch times, not as much for personal accomplishments. It's all about the big game and I don't know where else one could get such an experience.
Open to argument
He's already had that experience. Better to play in the second best league in the world right now to gain more experience. Especially since Sweden probably won't get to be in the big game this time around anyway.
Also, it's a completely different WJ when it's on big ice. My opinion would be a bit different if the tournament was in Buffalo, for example, only a couple hours away from Binghamton. Then you wouldn't have to worry about flying across the world for a month and re-adapting to the new game. The two Swedes Silfverberg and Zibanejad are still adjusting to timing and positioning over here in the AHL, so going away to big ice would make him have to readjust once again when returning to the AHL.