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05-19-2011, 12:22 PM
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About Dmen specifically development starts with playing. Not 25 TOI either. Stevens did just fine as our nervous 18 year old 6, logging bottom pair minutes behind Langway and Engblom. Be used in a role they are familiar with; keep it simple for them. Pair them with a vet preferrably, almost mandatory if they are having struggles or getting bullied, pair them with someone tough. Otherwise someone that compliments their game. Let them find their footing, their niche. Learn the NHL game, the speed, the tendencies. Learn the division wingers.

If in that environment they have their struggles, they need seasoning. It's all about trying and finding out. Only than can the player be at full peace with the demotion, and then knows what he must do to improve without even being told. Like so many things in life, getting a chance is often one of the more difficult things to overcome. Alzner faced a team stockpiled with LD; George's choice of hording D. He could be on that hording show.

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