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10-30-2008, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Beakermania View Post
taught maybe... but at what point in time? and how much of a transition is it.

Did you watch the preseason games where guys were on their off side.... its awkward and it takes some adjusting too.

Also it is more important for d than forwards when they take the bottom hand off their stick and skate backwards... keeping the stick in passing lanes and using it to pokecheck. being on the wrong side is difficult.
Teaching is what the AHL is for. Weber, Subban et al still have alot of developmental time on their hands. You play the guys who at first appear more comfortable on their off side for a year and see how they develop. My guess is, if they see it as their ticket to the show, they will work hard at it and learn how to play that role. The best time to teach a player a new role is when he is young and still developing.

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