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07-19-2011, 07:39 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Lunenburg, NS
Mike Riberio was a headcase with a bad attitude from the day he entered the QMJHL & it took a huge wakeup call for him to realize he had to change or it would cost him his career.
Sergei Kostitsyn on the other hand came out of juniors being praised by his coach, Dale Hunter, who has turned down numerous NHL jobs, by saying in their final year together in Windsor, that Sergei was the most ready & most responsible in every part of his game to the jump to the NHL, even moreso than team mates Sam Gagne or Patrick Kane.
That in itself bares a lot of weight IMO as to how this kid was handled at the NHL level. If I remember correctly, Don Lever & Guy Boucher utilized this kid in every aspect of the game in Hamilton & all he did was produce results.
I'll bet Guy Boucher, if given the opportunity right now, would add this kid to his lineup & make him a key component in the Lightening organization, playing him as a top 6 forward with Stamkos, St. Louis & Lecavalier.
Some guys need to be stroked & some need to be pushed & the bottom line is a great coach knows exactly which button to push & when to get the best out of his talented players.
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