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The best players in the world play in the NHL, and it is the premiere hockey league on the planet.
Anyone who doubts this fact of superiority needs to have their head examined.
But while the NHLPA is locked out, players (including those in Detroit) will play elsewhere to try and stay in shape and not lose their skills sitting at home doing nothing.
Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that while they may not be getting worse, compared to the competition they would face playing in the NHL, their skillsets may diminish regardless because they are not going up against the best in the world every night.
The KHL boasts some pretty good names already and it will not be a cake walk. But the best league in the world (when games are actually being played) is the NHL, and for that reason, the lockout will have inadvertent adverse effects on some of these players.
Whether it is not reaching their full potential or simply getting lazy in a league where the competition is less talented, all NHL players (Detroit's included) face the challenge of staying disciplined and working hard in the continuing "offseason" so that they will be ready come the start of the NHL season.
Whether this is in one month or one year, Red Wings' players face an uphill battle to start what would normally be their hockey season.
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