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04-05-2012, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by NoNecksCurse View Post
sorry majority of the board saying that before the all star break .. not now. so 75% the first half of the season. just find it strange and don't get why he is benched over others. but im not the coach and won't act like it
To be fair, he was playing differently then. He was maintaining puck possession. He was battling. He was letting the plays come to him rather than trying to force so much, and it was working for him.

My theory is he began to think he could do anything he wanted with the puck, and started neglecting the details of the game that were actually helping him be that good forward who looked like a stud-in-waiting.

He got benched last season. Over the summer he made it a point to work on his biggest weakness at the time, mental toughness. I think he'll work on his two-way game this summer. He has shown a willingness to respond to coaching during the off season at least.

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