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11-03-2013, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by moog35 View Post
Teaching these young offensive players sound defense is something that needs to be done over time and in sheltered situations to keep their confidence high. Instead Eakins is throwing them out against top players and they are getting burned and are in way over their heads. They are good offensively right now and poor defensively, so play them in offensive situations and use your elite shutdown center against the other teams top players, but that makes to much sense, thats what other coaches do and Eakins is innovative.

He should be selling used cars
Not that I disagree with this point, but in the Oilers case how were they expected to shelter the kids when their supposed 'vets' were routinely failing to deliver?

And in the case of Hall and Eberle, it's not like they're raw rookies these days...both are in their 4th full NHL seasons, it's not unreasonable to expect that they can get the training wheels taken off their bikes by now. Even RNH is in his 3rd year...and in his case he was actually lauded for being a sound defensive player in his first 2 years, it's only this year that we're seeing him being routinely burned - and I maintain that coming back from a serious injury and missing all of training camp has put him in a hole that he's still trying to dig himself out of.

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