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10-23-2012, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by od71 View Post
Of course, guys are skillful (who said that they are "unskilled goons"?). But the question is : How much does Hitch allow them to use their skills, how much the game of his team is based on skills of their players?
As for the talented young players, why did he send Filatov to the AHL after he scored a hattrick? How often does the same happen in NHL
Filatov is an awful example. He, without Hitch "holding him back", is still struggling to secure an NHL roster spot. He was taken way too high in the draft. Hitch let Mike Modano, Brett Hull, and Sergei Zubov use their skills and he won a cup. If he actually said what you are saying he said, it is likely taken out of context. What he most likely meant is that guys get into trouble when they try to dangle around Dmen, especially in the playoffs. Even the most skilled players will turn the puck over trying to do too much. To me, that's a reasonable complaint. He would rather a guy dump the puck in and go in hard after it, than try to dance around a guy at the blue line and likely give it up.

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