Gaucho wrote:Despres and Bennett seem to respond well to being coached and challenged. Tangradi and Strait did not, it seems. I know which kind of player I'd rather have on my team.
MarioLives wrote:Besides the wonderful thought out post from Pavel, thanks for the response. My point, and only my point, was this was an obvious game where scoring was tough, you are missing Malkin, and Bennett has shown some playmaking ability at the NHL level. So why were his minutes so low? That was it. Just a question.
sil wrote:I still would've rather kept Strait than Bortuzzo...but that's me. Never been a big fan of Bort. If he could stay on his feet for a whole shift, I might feel differently.
DontToewsMeBro wrote:I know this isn't used much, but why don't we double-shift Sutter instead of Crosby/Malkin with the 4th line? He is defensively responsible, has decent wheels, and could probably handle the extra ~5 minutes of ice-time...
I guess it wouldn't work when you're trying to roll your 4th line out there after the 3rd line, but I'd rather the 4th line play as limited a role as possible anyway.
Nizzy wrote:sil wrote:I still would've rather kept Strait than Bortuzzo...but that's me. Never been a big fan of Bort. If he could stay on his feet for a whole shift, I might feel differently.
Defenseman don't fully develop until 27.
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.
brwi wrote: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.
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