shmenguin wrote:Aside from depres, I'm not sure which young players have been held back under the HCDB regime. Bennet got called up to the 2nd line quicker than anyone expected this year. Tangradi started the season in that spot. The rest of our decent young guys like letestu and lovejoy were traded away after being supported by bylsma. He hasn't had anything to work with, really. Even with depres, he's a defenseman. There's probably an organizational plan to bring him along slowly.
I think bylsma is pretty lousy, but not for that reason. His lineup choices against Boston were a joke, and he went on record saying the team didn't need to change anything after falling 3-0 in a series.
Jeffrey is a guy that has talent and should be able be in the lineup over guys like Adams, Vitale, and Glass, yet Bylsma has never been able to get anything out of him. Or trust him for more than a couple games.
Despres is such a huge one for me because I just don't buy that he's not ready. At no point this season did Despres play worse than Engelland. Yet, Engo was nearly always in there instead of him. And Letang played his best two way hockey this past season when paired with Despres. It caused him to be more cautious out there. I would argue that the best D partner for Letang is not Scuds, its Despres. If he's paired with Scuds, you think Letang is gonna think twice about jumping way into the play or about making a really risky pass? No way. He'll play totally out of control because he'll know he's got steady Scuderi back there. If he's with Despres, he will be the veteran on that pairing and know he needs to be more responsible because he's playing with a younger guy. You saw that last season.
I love Scuderi, but I just don't think this team needed him. Not for 4 years anyway. You start Despres in the top 4 at the beginning of the year, let him play and go through the growing pains, by the playoffs he'll be very good and his talent will be really coming out.