Re: COACH OR TOP SCORER?
posted at 12/5/2009 11:54 AM EST
In Response to Re: COACH OR TOP SCORER?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: COACH OR TOP SCORER? : Then you've missed the point. Guys like Kessel aren't made accountable on bad teams, so they can freelance and plan an individualistic game, and they're never asked to do the little things because the talent level around them is so low. They get to be selfish just to put butts in seats. But you don't win with players who aren't accountable, so the production of this kind of player drops in proportion to the success of the team. The better the team, the more they struggle and sulk because they're now asked to live up to the same standard as the rest of the team. If you want to watch that kind of player because you'd rather see highlight reel goals, even though it probably means entertaining losses, then be my guest.
Posted by Bookboy007[/QUOTE]
Let me add to that, it appears that Kessel is picking up on the weaknesses in his game in Toronto. So it appears to me that he's doing things not when he is told to do them, but because he wants to.
He is not big on off season training or the weight room. The readers who are a little older might know that once you start getting older, the weight goes on easier and you can't rely on your natural speed and strength, but you have to work at it. Again, if Kessel starts doing that stuff NOW and not when the natural speed starts to decline, he could be one of the game's greats.
Again he does things when he feels like it and not when he's told to do it. You can do that on a team that's not doing that well and when you are one of the best players on the team.
Famous famous quote about Kessel before he turned pro. He missed a back check and the guy scored, when the coach pointed it out to him he said 'so what? I'll go out and score one on my next shift'. And he did. I think if you like that, then you like Kessel and that's what you want to watch.