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02-15-2013, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by
Sidney the Kidney
This is the part that bothers me about the Pens' development. Why do they try to change how a player plays? It's one thing to make sure the player understands his defensive responsibilities, and understands the overall system the team plays. But to completely change a guy into something he might not even be comfortable playing? It just seems silly.
I hope to God they don't do the same thing with Beau Bennett. But it almost sounds like they're trying to, what with that comment either from a staff member or Bennett himself talking about learning to play a more North/South game.
I think there is a certain amount of adjustment to one's game that needs to happen to be successful in the NHL. It explains why some players who are more skilled are in the minors while less skilled players, guys a lot of people would call "plugs", are in the NHL, because they know how to do the things you need to do to win.
Asking Bennett to learn to play a bit more of a North/South style game isn't necessarily changing a guy's style of play. They're trying to round him into a good player by adding complementary skills. In the NHL, you're not always going to be able to rely on skill alone. You may be asked to do things outside of your comfort zone sometimes, and you need to learn how to do that.
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