Who's fault is it then? You make it sound like he was playing great but the coaches just refused to play him. Did you happen to watch him last year? He regressed as the season went on and was actually outplayer by Berger which is telling in it's own right. I thought he looked a little better this year and I would have prefered to see him get more ice time then he did, especially since the Dogs were so bad but that speaks even more to his problems as I know the coaching staff said they were working with him in practice.
Originally Posted by DJ Breadman
you can tell he has all kinds of skill but floated around alot and accomplished nothing.
If he can't push himself to consistent NHL quality he's not making it.
I don't think it's a matter of effort, whenever I've seen him the effort seems to be there. I just don't think he's been capable of mentally adapting to the North American game for some reason. It won't be the last time someone with talent just can't think the game at a high enough level.
Q: So he is not the next Ovechkin, is he?
A:Actually, I wouldn't be rushing to making pronouncements. Yes, Avtsin has some real raw tallent. But he has certain gaps in his technical skills and tactical areas that he has to work on. How is he going to fix them? Different players correct those problems in different ways and there are some who never manage to fix them.
You know that you have a great head scout when a 4th round pick is actually bashed as if he'd was a 1st round pick...
Avtsin was a POTENTIAL gem and sleeper. What do people don't understand with POTENTIAL? And what do people don't understand with sleeper? A sleeper is actually a guy that isn't seen as great but "could" become one. Key word....COULD. Sometimes work, some other times, doesn't....Yet, let's bash posters who were eager to see him play and listened to Timmins and were excited.
Time to move on, though I suspect that if somebody talks to Gaston Therrien about it....we'll keep hearing about it since we did select Avtsin instead of Gabriel Bourque....We might never hear the end of it so might as well close it here and wait till it explodes later...
He has talent. He shouldve been groomed to be a good player.
I doubt that lack of proper grooming by any of his teams was the main
problem with this player. Most highly talented hockey players fail to make
the NHL. It takes a very special type of person to become a successful
That having been said, the things that Avtsin seems to lack are mental
and emotional. And he is only 22. Some mental and emotional things can
change a lot quickly. Much more so than physical things.
If this guy figures out what he has to work on in practices, and off the
ice, as well as in games, and discovers the will to do it, he could still become
a good player.
I'm not saying this will happen. But it certainly could. And with his skill
level, and size, that's still worth hoping for.