Thread: Post-Game Talk: Oilers lose 4-3 in SO
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03-21-2013, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by CupofOil View Post
I don't have a problem with Krueger managing Yakupov's minutes carefully or benching him after making a mistake to teach him a lesson but what good does it do to bench him after a great shift? That's where the criticism of Krueger's handling of him plays in. It's not like they were even protecting a lead, it was a tie game and Yakupov looked hungry to get a goal. Play the kid while he's hot. It was just odd to bench him after a shift like that.
Hard to disagree with that. You have to reward the kid after a great shift.

Still I think the way they are using him will benefit him in the long run. He's going to be a great goal-scorer regardless, but it would be nice to turn him into a good two-way player as well.

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