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12-30-2008, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by mcphee View Post
I think that the process of how to get a player going depends on feel, and I don't think playing him 24 minutes in Hamilton would have the desired result. I won't try and give you anything concrete because I'd be making it up. I just don't think he has to learn anything other than how to make the most of the icetime he gets. Playing in Florida, he could easily play on a top line, play big minutes, produce more, but here he has to seize the opportunity.

I don't have a problem with his status right now. If he thinks he's too big to play with the likes of Begin, he needs the dose of humble pie that he's getting. Players become winners when they find ways to contribute regardless of their role and embrace what the team is doing.

I think that a line of Begin,Chipchura and young K. would be an effective short term line. Carbo likes the kid, he likes players that mix skill with some attitude, but realizes that it's a process. I think he's fine right now, let them go. Again, it's not about whether he deserves to play with Lang,Pleks or whoever, it isn't relevant to team success.
I do agree with most of your post, with the exception of the comment in bold. True that he doesn't have much to "learn" in Hamilton, but his problem is between the ears as we know that he has the necessary talent to succeed. What he doesn't have is confidence and that's where playing more minutes, more quality minutes would or could do wonders for him. I'm not talking about a permanent reassignment here, but a stint of 4-6 weeks would do him some good in my opinion.

We have the luxury of being able to do just that with him as he doesn't have to clear waivers. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of Latendresse as I also think that he could use the same refresher (and so does O'Byrne).

From reading some of your posts and from your nickname on this board, you seem like a "mature" person (age-wise), so you must recall that the Habs of old used to use this strategy to their advantage on a regular basis. They used to either recall some young guys, give them a taste of the 5 star hotels and first class flights, then send them back to use the experience as a motivation. They've also done the opposite in sending young players back down for the same reason. It's a good motivation tool.

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