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02-12-2013, 07:49 PM
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That's a positive. We're 5 games into what we all hope is a long NHL career in Dallas. Expecting perfection is silly, and not playing him because he can't give you perfection is even worse.
You either have to quit jerking them around and play the young guys meaningful minutes or just shelter them so they never develop.
Aside for never getting consistent games played, they never pushed Fistric to play tougher minutes. He always played the weakest competition on the team. How do ever know what you have if you don't give someone a decent chance?
This year, I actually think Gully has done a pretty good job of that with Dillon. His responsibility and ice time are growing along with his confidence and performance. The same will likely be true of Oleksiak, but holding him back because of growing pains (which seems to be your suggestion) doesn't help the player or the team. It's not cliche ... these guys will never learn if they don't have the opportunity to make mistakes and develop.
mistakes i expect. panic and indecision i do not. i found it very disconcerting when i saw it.
and while it's important to put them in important places, doing so too quickly can kill a player's confidence if it's too much, or too soon. it's easy to become enamored with upside and forget just how polished and refined any veteran's game is compared to the rookies... and you know the younger players see that in practice- and it could be a small thing, but when your confidence is chipped away at, and you start second guessing yourself, your development can really be stunted. so if you screw up at a big juncture and cost the team the game, or a goal, it can possibly make them more cautious the next game (in a bad way) or just tentative or second guessing. there's no need to rush these kids into playing 20 min a night in every situation. protect them a little until they shove their way into those roles.
sorry, the beginning of that is poorly written. i'm too tired to fix it. hope you can whittle out my intent.
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