Did we rush O'Byrne into the NHL?
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05-08-2009, 09:44 AM
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I ask the question after reading an interview with Ken Holland
He talks about Jonathan Ericsson:
So when Babcock told him this past off-season he wanted Jonathan Ericsson on the roster in Detroit, Holland told the coach no because he didn't think the young defenseman was ready.
"I guess I would say to you: This is the toughest league in the world. And if you get here, and you start making mistakes, you lose your confidence or the coach loses confidence in you. There is a lot of rehabilitation that needs to go on.
"The longer you can be away from this league and keep the player improving, the more prepared he is when he gets here. I mean, you are talking about a guy (Ericsson) that was a winger until he was 18 years of age. He is learning to play defense."
We didn't rush O'Byrne....we just didn't give him a fair chance to learn the ropes. He got limited icetime and if he made 1 mistake he sat on the bench. We need to let him get a feel for the NHL game and let him learn from his mistakes, but since winning is all that matters in Montreal....he wasn't given the chance to play and make a few mistakes here and there.
I think if we gave him more icetime and depended on him more, he would play better and improve his game.
He's going to be a key player for us next year when he replaces Komisarek on the blueline.
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