In a previous post I was questioning playing Engelland over Despres or Bortuzzo for that matter. Those young players are in the future mix for the Pens and at some point they need playoff experience. They have a nice upside and now is as good as any to give them time.
Having said that I would modify that thought in that the first start of Despres in the playoffs should have been at home. He was not ready whatsoever for the attack by the Isle early on in the game. Add in the Isle being at home and the hostile environment.....yep it was a bit much. Despres > Engelland. Despres in his prime could be eight times > Engelland. Despres in his first playoff start in a high pressure situation on the road, against many odds...Engelland > Despres.
So in hindsight Despres should have gotten his feet wet at home and not game three on the road against a team with something to prove and building momentum.
Bylsma gets paid very well to make these decisions. Gets paid very well to make the proper decisions. They could have anyone here at LGP to make a bad decision like that for a lot less money.
Luckily it didn't hurt them overall as we escaped with a win today but moving forward...better decisions have to be made on all fronts.