Great58 wrote: Pavel Bure wrote:
Nizzy wrote:Definitley Letang - Eaton
Despres needs some work.
He's missing some confidence, I think the coaching staff may have crushed his spirit whilst trying to iron the 'unsafe' moves from his game. In the long run this is good, he will be more reliable and consequently a better defenceman. He might look a little lost as the pieces fall into place, but when he combines the safe plays with his flair and swagger I see the makings of an extremely exciting player.
at crushing his spirit. He received that bigger role due to injuries that people like you swore he was ready to take on and faltered. It's not a big deal, it's to be expected as a rookie. The rest of your post I agree with.
Yes, I find it odd that one of the main criticisms of Byslma has been that he's not playing Despres enough, but when he does have him in the lineup and Simon faulters, this isn't seen as an indication that Dan's judgement was correct and the Despres isn't as ready as we'd all like him to be. Instead, it's a sign of DB mismanaging young talent.
I know this is old but for some reason I never repiled...
@Pavel - who are the 'people like me'? The fact I've supported Despres doesn't mean I've annointed him the next Bobby Orr. I know the value of developing defensemen slowly but going from healthy scratch to being forced into a greater role due to injury is a very different scenario than I would like to have seen.
@Great58 - I find it odd that you can't distinguish between gradually building a player's minutes through regular games as opposed to healthy scratching coupled with benchings for rookie mistakes. Just because I don't agree with HCDB's choke chain approach doesn't mean I disagree with Dan's judgement that Despres isn't as ready as we'd all like him to be, I'd simply opt for a different strategy myself.