shmenguin wrote:adams also gets extra shifts late in the game when we have a lead and we're basically in PK mode. that alone will cause about a minute discrepancy between him and BB's time.
Adams has also been playing pretty well during this streak. He looked over the hill and shot as a player earlier, but he's upped his game in the last month.
HCDB has certain expectations for players and handles them differently than other HC's at times. When he first took over, he benched Letang for 3-4 games and basically made him change his game. Letang before DB was a pretty good d-man in his own end in even his rookie season and DB wanted him to transform into what he is today with a lot less emphasis on his own end and generating offense instead.
To say that DB isn't real enamored with rookies out there is probably an understatement and his development of some guys makes you wonder a lot, but he's there to win the Cup more than develop talent at this point. You can argue about whether this is the right approach in the next 2-3 years, but GMRS and HCDB seem to be on the same page about the kind of player they want and the expectations. That sort of means that draft picks can be disposable and DB gets the kind of guys he wants for right NOW.
I'm not 100% convinced that in a couple of years this team may have some real issues from the above approach, but the org is going all-in to win this year and I sure can't complain about that right now either.
I'm really not sure the approach is much different than it was before Bylsma. Probably the biggest change is that the talent and depth of the team has increased and so have expectations. It's not as easy for guys to work their way into opportunities. But you look at most of the players that made their way into the NHL with Therrien. Guys like Armstrong, Staal, Talbot, Kennedy all started as fourth liners and worked their way up. Letang was on the third pairing his rookie year and got healthy scratched a few times in the playoffs.
It all really starts with a giant misconception where the thinking goes that unless a rookie is immediately put in a prominent role he's not getting a real opportunity and is being set up to fail. That thinking is right along with the idea that if a guy is playing a lesser role and/or occasionally being scratched, he might as well just be in the AHL. People got so upset over the way Tangradi was handled, for example, but he wasn't given treatment that was any different from any other rookie in recent years, pre-Bylsma or during his tenure. Bennett is a perfect example to show the difference between a real talent and a bust. Bennett comes in at 21, puts up some points, does the things that an NHL player does. He's already got more points in ~20 games as Tangradi has in over 60. I think as we go into the future, we'll see both Bennett and Despres develop as good NHL players.
The Pens simply haven't had many good talents come up the system recently. They traded their 2007 first round pick (Esposito) who was a bust anyway. They traded their 2008 pick and essentially sat out that draft. Most of the guys coming up have been lower round picks or undrafted free agents. Goligoski is one success story under Bylsma and no surprise he was a legitimate talent and higher draft pick. Bennett and Despres represent some higher pedigree talent coming up and they look like they belong. Basically, what I'm trying to say is I don't think there's been any deficiency in Bylsma developing players. The talent coming up the system has been pretty poor since he's been coach, until now.