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10-15-2013, 07:46 AM
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I'm a strong believer in pushing young players to succeed and support bringing Kreider and Miller up ASAP.

But that means certain things:

They must be put into situations where they can use their skill set to the maximum. You can't put Fast with Boyle and Pyatt and expect anything to happen, for example.

Pushing them into the lineup can't be for a few shifts here and there for only a few minutes a night. They must be given a chance to play regularly for an extended period of time, perhaps 10 games.

They must be given the confidence, by the coaching staff, to know that if they make some glaring mistake or have a bad game, they will be put right back on the ice the next shift or the next game. You can only grow if you have the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them.

After 10 games or so if the evaluation is that they need more developmental time, you send them down. That also will reveal a lot about a player: does he go down determined to come back? Does he go down and internalize the lessons learned and work to improve on his game? Does he sulk, blame others, and retrogress?

Some of the vets on this team right now are on extended looksees. There is a good chance that by December most of our young players will be here. Play them and let's get a handle on what we have and need to do in the future.

Right now we are treading water.

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