gruntov wrote:Adjusting to AHL not easy for Letang, nor Gogo.
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 34977.html
Most importantly, Richards said, Letang and Goligoski have to learn the proper professional mindset.
"They both came from programs where they were the best players on their teams," Richards said. "A lot of leeway was given for how they play. Now they're competing against men. They aren't as dominant. They're both still good players, will be great players, but they still have a lot to learn."
"I hadn't been playing that great," he said. "It was probably good for me. I guess you just take it for what it's worth, don't look into it too much and come out the next week and work hard. Play smarter. It's just a wake-up call."
"At first, I was (angry), like anyone would be (angry)," Letang said. "I think I had a pretty good start, my first games. (Penguins director of player development) Tom Fitzgerald said I played great. A couple of my agents saw me play and said I played good. It's part of the process, I guess. I have to learn from this."
Kris Letang returned to the lineup after two games in the press box and scored a third-period goal. He was fine in his own end too. A Richards quote: "He shows what he can do with the puck. I think there was more urgency in his game, which is what we wanted. There were still some areas where he got beat. He got beat 1-on-1. But on the power play, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got such patience with the puck and poise, which is difficult to find in young players. He took a step in the right direction tonight."
crzymike wrote:Arent they suppose to get playing time down there? Isnt that the reason KL was sent in the first place, to play and refine his game? Scratching him wont help produce a favorable result IMO. In any case, this ''perception'' some have of this team having unlimited young talent is looking as if their abilities may have been overestimated. I am not giving up on Army, though his production is low as is Staal's and Whitney defensively has been very shaky to say the least. MAF is fire and ice in the net and as this article suggests, our two young prospects are struggling in the minors.
I cant see much to be optimistic about other than Malkin and Crosby. This team is young and hopefully will pull it togethor but I can say on the positive side of things, it doesnt appear JS is gonna get a big number Salary wise if his production doesnt pick up. He will be hard pressed to score 25 this year, EC hasnt lit it up either.
The build from within perspective some have is as precarious a premise as Whit's play in the defensive zone. I believed all along there eventually needs to be some significant changes to this team. The young talent we have isnt enough. Our veterans other than Eaton and Sykora leave alot to be desired also.
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