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01-28-2007, 03:17 PM
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No of course not, but the debate were
how could he possibly become better from sitting on a 4th line for a few games, it will only make him worse, loose more confidence
All I said was that sometimes its good for a young player to sit down and get a breather...
So then every player should be so treated, right? Everyone needs the same kick in the pants, or is it just Prucha?
I don't care how much he scores, he is not a good enough offensive player to play like Ziggy Palffy, Prucha must play like he did last night to be effective, to be succesful, to score goals.
He DOES typically play that way.
Whats goals anyway, Scott Fraser scored allot for Edmonton but never scored for us. Jeff Toms had 3 goals for us in one game.
You're really reaching here. Wake me up when Toms scores 30 goals in a year. Or Fraser.
Prucha have been given a shot, and not played like he did last night and moved to the 4th line, then been given a 2nd shot, and not played like he did last night and moved to the 4th line, and then been given a 3rd shot, and not played like he did last night and moved to the 4th line, I could go on but I guess you get my point.
Prucha's shot has a leash on it that is 1/40th the length of that on Malik or Cullen or Hossa or Betts.
You feel Prucha should play instead of Shanahan on the top PP unit, thats your opinion. Shanahan defenitly outplayed him for that spot.
First of all, don't put words into my mouth. Second of all, since you brought the topic up, please demostrate how Shanny had a better year on the PP than Prucha did last year.
I think you "cheat" if you develop a player like that. Prucha struggled with Cullen and Shanahan for a reason.
Yes, for the same reason that Shannahan has strugeled with him. It is called being centered by Cullen.
Real physical ice hockey reasons. He had flaws that needed to be corrected inorder for him to be a succesful hockey player, which by my defenition is someone who atleast plays a good hockey game, maybe without scoring much but still good hockey, in all enviorments.
Physical hockey is about as far away from his "flaws" as the moon. Sure he has flaws. Who doesn't? However his major flaw is that he has a coach who would rather place his trust in a "safe" 4th liner or waiver pick up, as opposed to deal with the growing pains of a young player.
I know Prucha got it in him, to be a good hockeyplayer in almost all enviorments, but were putting to much pressure on himself to score goals, and loosing focus on the basics.
No one is putting pressure on his to score goals. You are arguing a battle no one is debating. People are just clamoring for him to be put in a situation that will best result in success. Renney has not been condusive to that. Not for Prucha, not for the rest of the team.
I've followed Prucha for 5 years now.
IMO it were something fundamentally wrong with how he played this season,
pretty much untill the 3rd last night. I am not saying that he were terrible, he got tremendous touch but besides that he pretty much looked like Jason Krog.
I don't care about the past. I do care about the present and, more importantly the future. And for the latter, comparing Krog to Pruch is outright laughable.
I belive this is the proper way to bring him along.
Not being put into situation that best dicates success is no way to bring anyone along.
Last season Carolina played Rod Brind'Amour an avg of 24:18 in the regular season. He lasted a entire PO.
Shanny is not Brindy or vica-versa. Fletch's response is perfect. Unless you are ready to debate why it is that Detroit has been playing him for 16 minutes per night over the last 2 years.
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