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12-28-2012, 09:36 AM
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Milliardo
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That's where a good coach comes into play. Some players are more prone to picking up bad habits than others.

But to your question. If you're a guy that needs the puck on his stick, I don't think it's that bad to play on a bad team, because then you can grow into your role of being an important players who needs the puck. If you're a goalscorer and you need someone to feed you the puck but there is noone around to do so, you automatically start to change your game. You might improve in a lot of areas but maybe regress as a goal scorer. And some players will just sulk because they feel they should have better linemates. If you're like that, you have to be pretty damn good, otherwise you won't make it.

But the best goalies often come from bad teams, because they had to save the most shots and the same can be said for many good or great NHL players. They had to carry their team all the time and grew with the responsibility. No of course there are also players who fail because of that, because they want to keep puck hogging in the NHL. And then there is the opposite. Players who trive with good linemates and who get so used to it, they become useless against better competition.

So again, you have to look at every player individually to judge them and find out what is right for them.

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