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11-25-2012, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Forever View Post
I feel like I'm in the minority here but I don't mind what the Russian coach is doing, I think it's favorable for us actually. He's giving Yak a short leash so he realizes he can't be a one dimensional offensive player, he needs to play in all three zones to be useful. Also, this is a good way to transition a kid who lit up a junior league into the "real world". Give him a kick in the ass to show him that you have to prove yourself and you can't be entitled, which is an issue I think a lot of young oilers have.
He has already proven himself to be their best player by a long shot.

The only reason why I'm not worried about his coach mismanaging him is because it will make him more eager to come back to NA and prove that he can excel. That and we dont need to worry about it affecting his confidence level in any way because the kid has that in droves.

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