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01-14-2014, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by nyr2k2 View Post
When I talk about giving Hrivik a pass, I'm still acknowledging that he's had an awful year. Is it because he's no good? Is it because the team is horrendous? Is it due to terrible coaching? Some combination of the three? I just hesitate to write a kid off for having a bad year on THAT team.

Oh, and yeah, Gernander needs to go. I've been on that bandwagon for years. His teams never overachieve, and usually underachieve.
Oh, absolutely agreed. I was super high on Hrivik when we signed him. Liked what I saw out of him in his final junior year and his cup of coffee with the Pack as well as his start the following season. Lest we forget, he came damn close to making the NHL team in two straight camps.

Hrivik played his best hockey in his first games there - and then Kenny G got his mitts on him and supposedly started "teaching" him to "improve." Same with Jean, who as was mentioned elsewhere looked like our own Matt Read coming out of camp a year or so ago. Same with Grachev, who could've been another Kreider if he'd received GOOD coaching. I worry that we're now starting to see it with Fast, who DID actually make the team out of camp. Why is it all these guys look great before they get to Hartford, do well their first few weeks and then, slowly but surely, begin to deteriorate?

FFS, one or two could easily be attributable to being flashes in the pan, but guys consistently go from nearly good enough to make the NHL to washing out of the AHL. I mean, this is a flat out ALARMING trend.

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