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02-22-2013, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Stjonnypopo View Post
Eller needs to get his confidence back. He does get scared with the puck, but when he's on his game he plays super well. I think Therrien is using him well.

With young forwards, especially ones as talented as Eller (and DD, and Galchenyuk, and Pacioretty, etc) it's all in the head.
and that's where the coach comes in...

by rewarding vets with ice time/offensive opportunities (talking about top-6 caliber players of course), while holding younger players to a much harsher standard (especially a guy, like eller, who is playing responsible sound defensive hockey), you mess with their confidence.

imo Subban & eller are both being managed poorly right now for exactly that reason.

JM was terrible with this, and thus far it does seem that MT has a bit of it in him too... hope he figures it out sooner then later.

the argument that vets have "earned" the longer leash is hogwash & a vestige of the worst kind of old school thinking.

teams are at their best when a true meritocracy is in place, no veteran who is worth keeping around is going to make a stink about losing time to someone who is playing better than he is. best teams in any team sport let quality young players who earn their minutes play.

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