Acq/ Rost. Bldg./ Cap Part XVII
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01-29-2013, 09:26 AM
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Amazing that you would admit to Ovie playing for Ovie!
Wouldn't that be part of the problem instead of part of the solution?
I'm not imparting selfishness to Ovie. I just think he only knows one way to be effective - which is go, go, go and play completely and totally on instinct. He's not a guy who's effective at reading how a play develops and adapting his approach based upon that read - so he's like the anti-Oates. He needs guys who read him.
So, yeah it's part of the problem - but we tried the last couple of years to make Ovie into something he's not; to add certain elements to his game, and it hasn't really worked.
I think Oates is trying to work with the player that Ovie is, rather than the player that we might like Ovie to be. Dale did it last year as well, and he obviously had a disproportionate focus on what a defensive liablity Ovie could be. I think Oates is trying to allow Ovie to be what he is, while getting others to make up for his defensive shortcomings - as opposed to Hunter who dealt with his defensive shortcomings by limiting his ice time.
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