Martin has never been about aggression. He likes his players smart and well positioned. Aggressive hitting machines are usually the exact opposite. That's why we have so few, that's why Moen turned into a much softer version of his former self. That's also probably why we haven't seen PK go for the big hit in a while and why O'Byrne never got the confidence from the coach. Also why Emelin will likely suffer the same fate. It's all very predictable.
The only thing that could save Emelin right now is if he can demonstrate he can play mistake free positional hockey, which he hasn't done yet. It's a bit unfair to him because his game is about aggression and he's clearly being held back, just like all the other I'm sure very frustrated physical players that have played for Martin in the past.
As long as Martin coaches this team, there will not be an overly aggressive player on it, especially a young unproven one, simply because it goes against what he preaches.
Good post.. it makes me wonder if this team is built to play that kind of hockey.. it has its goods, since we rarely give 3 on 2 (surnombre sp?), our guys are usually well positionned on the ice but on another side, it doesnt give very exciting hockey, a guy like Subban doesnt jump in the rushes anymore, looks tentative and lost emotion in his game.. Too many times we said on this board that the games were boring, while that sport should be exciting.. Or maybe we just dont have enough firepower to open the play more.. Im confused right now, I dont know if a change of phylosophy would be better for this team or once our kids acknowledge the system perfectly, it will pay at the end.. 1 thing is for sure, Martin isnt the most emotive guy out there and it appears on the ice..