Starting in NHL as a teenager doesn't mean instant success

Updated: December 14, 2007, 3:02 PM ET
By Damien Cox | Special to ESPN.com

It's a classic example of how enamored NHL clubs can be of teenage players one moment, and how anxious they can be to dump the same players soon after.

And how there's absolutely no guarantee that young players pressed into NHL service before their 20th birthdays are so talented that they'll turn into stars like Sidney Crosby, or so hastily promoted that they'll end up enormous busts like Alexandre Daigle.

The truth is, it usually takes years for either scenario to play out.

Both ...

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