bhaw wrote:They've set the precedent with every other player who is on this team. I don't think MT is expecting either Minard or Pesonen to score 10 goals in 4 games on the 4th line. He's looking to make sure they are doing their job correctly, showing they belong while they are out there, and putting in the effort he expects. Nothing will disrupt a scoring line more than a guy who is always out of position or not covering his responsibilities because instead of focusing on scoring goals, the line-mates need to focus on covering for the missed assignments. It's not like just because Pesonen has played some AHL games he automatically knows the Penguins system inside and out and is ready to play with Sidney Crosby.
All the "just GIVE the guy a chance" has the same ring to it... give Pesonen top line minutes when he hasn't shown he deserves them yet. If someone could point out what, in the few games he's played, Pesonen has done to DESERVE top 6 minutes, I'm all ears. He even got a few shifts with Malkin in one of the games, but as most have noted, he didn't do much with it. When you are an AHL call up, you have to impress the coaches that you belong and are hungry to play because there is a line of guys behind you willing to sacrifice almost anything to get their one game in the NHL.
just because they've set precedent doesn't mean someone wouldn't do well. but regardless, just to be clear, since i don't think i really have been, i haven't once asked for pesonen to be put on a scoring line. would i be interested to see what he would do there? yes. would i be interested to watch their practices? yes. i wonder what he can do with open space and what would happen if he gained confidence. but the coaches HAVE seen what he can do and i completely defer to their decisions because of that. so i'm not in the give the guy a chance camp, though i'd be excited to see it if they did in a game, even if i expect to be let down.
and you likely were just quoting the quote i quoted, but i just wanted to make my feelings clear