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
just to add, I would definitely agree with you if you're talking about a player who has never represented his country nationally, like a Tanner Pearson last year or other Canadians of that ilk. However, Zibanejad like most of the Swedish prospects have represented their country many, many times in the past, be-it U16, U17, U18, U19, and so forth, since their pool of talent is small. The Euros have a lot of this experience already compared to Canadians and Americans who have more players.