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11-13-2011, 11:45 AM
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Martin has never been about aggression. He likes his players smart and well positioned. Aggressive hitting machines are usually the exact opposite. That's why we have so few, that's why Moen turned into a much softer version of his former self. That's also probably why we haven't seen PK go for the big hit in a while and why O'Byrne never got the confidence from the coach. Also why Emelin will likely suffer the same fate. It's all very predictable.
The only thing that could save Emelin right now is if he can demonstrate he can play mistake free positional hockey, which he hasn't done yet. It's a bit unfair to him because his game is about aggression and he's clearly being held back, just like all the other I'm sure very frustrated physical players that have played for Martin in the past.
As long as Martin coaches this team, there will not be an overly aggressive player on it, especially a young unproven one, simply because it goes against what he preaches.
Martin helped develop some of the best players in the NHL. I'll trust him if he doesn't think Emelin has it.
Look at PK, he turned into a completely different defenceman in one season. His head got too big, he tried too much, got benched and now is the Habs best all-around defenceman. Pacioretty and Eller are also examples of players he came around to liking. If a player shows him he deserves a shot, he'll get it.
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