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04-13-2012, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Gwyddbwyll View Post
Seems the difference is their hockey sense, their ability to think the game.
Some of this is innate, but a lot of it has to do with the people surrounding him. If he doesn't make it to Red Deer to be coached by Brent Sutter, who knows where he ends up? Would he be as good defensively? So much of development is reliant about the environment and the coaches. It has to be positive. It doesn't matter if you are extremely skilled and ahead of your peers. A bad situation can ruin all of that, like Brule. I don't really believe in innate talent. Talent is just a word we use to explain away all of the hard work that goes into what these guys do. They need ice time but perhaps even more importantly they need a coach that can help them grow. Repetition doesn't make you better.

Hanzal is a quality guy, got lots of ice time and excellent coaching, came in and got lots of NHL time with the confidence of the coaches. Yandle goes to Moncton, plays under Ted Nolan, they win the memorial cup. All upward trends. Boedker, on the other hand, gets rushed and continually gets yanked up and down. We've only recently seen him move into a top 6 role and gain the confidence of Tippett. Low and behold, he's playing some of the best hockey of his short career.

How you attribute success depends on which school of thought you come from. I'm inclined to believe that no matter how skilled or driven a player is, they need the right environment and people around them to succeed. As we move forward (hopefully) with a solid NHL roster and winning environment, we can look forward to more of these guys succeeding.

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