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06-27-2012, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Hockeyfriend View Post
I did as well - Pancel for sure - so that is why I wonder if it is because Sudbury is so remote or is it how they promote the draft eligible players. I read comments made earlier that a player like Campagna did not get played as much as he should have and that is possible. Earlier there was a "who would be 2nd line center" when Kontos was still there. And when coach gives Sgarbossa unlimited ice time and some times, especially down the stretch to win scoring title, he would play 35-45 minutes of the game (Yes, one game he played full 5 minutes on two powerplays in same game), the 2nd line center gets less and 3rd and 4th liners get limited to zero. I can see how he would be missed - but Pancel, he was a 20 + goal scorer...was a north/south type of player but was effective. Makes you wonder on that one.

You guys still haven't figured it out. Sudbury is not a place for players to be recognized or drafted. Gone are the Foligno days, a hockey name people respected. They came to watch cause he asked them to come. Who do scouts want to come see now? No one, why because scouts were watching players like Sgarbossa getting all the ice because the coach had different agenda's. What scout wants to come watch the players in their draft year, when they are reading the signals from the coach that they are not good enough, that's the signal you are sending. Why would players want to come to Sudbury now? If you look at any other organization, no matter how a player looked in his draft year, that coach put them out there for the world to see, it's called promoting. It's not only about the individual player, it's about the overall perspective of the Organization as a whole, the better the Organization looks, the more the players want to come. In Sudbury with this coach you will never see him promote his rookies. It's unreal, and it looks good on the organization. Look at Erie, only 10 wins the whole year, they were dead last in their division, yet they always found ways to promote their players. Who got drafted from Erie, a player who had a record high of minus 72. GO FIGURE !!! His coach didn't give up on him, he put him out there and let him get recognized. Change your mentality when it comes to rookies if you want them to stay more than a couple of years. Build on them, build their confidence, don't give up on them because they had a bad shift or were having a bad day. I wonder what will happen to Baptiste, Silk, and whomever else you have eligible for next year's draft, only time will tell.

You had some good players eligible and couldn't even get one drafted. You should all be patting yourselves on the back. Oh ya, I forgot, the intention this year was to have Sgarbossa win the scoring title. At what cost? I would be surprised if any of those boys return and the ones that have been drafted take a serious look at your options if you want any kind of attention from any scout in the future. I'm so glad that I don't have kids in hockey today. The politics of today's hockey are way too much for me to put up with.

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