Re: How to Demoralize Young Players- By Claude Julien (2010 Edition)
posted at 12/30/2010 4:49 PM EST
In Response to Re: How to Demoralize Young Players- By Claude Julien (2010 Edition)
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: How to Demoralize Young Players- By Claude Julien (2010 Edition) : I was referring to Skinner when I was talking about scoring goals. That's what he was known for in juniors. Although Skinner was a figure skater when he was younger, there was still a knock on his skating (lack of quickness) when he was coming out of juniors. Now they are talking about his excellent edge control, heh. Anyway, that paragraph taling about Skinner was probably a little confusing, sorry about that. My basic point was just comparing how Skinner is being handled versus how Seguin is being handled.
From what I've seen, Seguin has a rippin' shot, when he's in position to use it, and also has some pretty slick moves. He definitely has weaknesses in his game, and that's expected, but he does go to the net and work along the walls. He'll get better at both. I feel like they need to sit him down and say, "Tyler, you're not made of glass, feel free to throw some hits and get involved physically." I liked one poster's suggestion of putting him on a line with Marchand or Lucic to see if they can get him fired up. Mostly I just feel like he's learning the game at the pro level and doing fine, and punishing him when he maybe isn't playing PERFECTLY doesn't help his confidence
. Let him keep working and figure it out.
Posted by bear-in-the-woods[/QUOTE]
I submit that Seguin's not being "punished" in any way, that this...reduced ice time in 3rd period the other night, sitting upstairs with Asst. Coach Doug Jarvis a couple of nights to help him realize the game's as fast as it appears to be when out on the ice...is all just just part of A) trying to win hockey games, and B) Seguin's evolution as a player.
As far as comparisions with Skinner go, had their teams been reversed, I'm sure Seguin's and Skiner's roles would have been reversed also. Coming into training camp, rebuilding Carolina was starved for skill up front and when Skinner showed he was better than most of the rest of their forwards, Canes' management had little choice but to keep him and play him. Am not belittling Skinner in any way, he's a damn dangerous sniper whose development has undoubtedly been boosted by playing with Staal on the PP. On the other hand, Seguin came to a B's team that didn't have to play him as much and could bring him along more slowly. Had Seguin been a Hurricane, he'd probably have received a lot more toi than he has here, though that doesn't mean he'd have been as successful as Skinner. Who knows, Skinner may end up having the better career, or will simply be the better goal scorer with Seguin being the better all-around player. Tough to say at this juncture.
Now could Seguin have benefitted from 20-40 games at Providence? Absolutely. But that not being possible, he was also too good to go back to juniors or play for Canada in the WJ tournament. I think management's idea has been to teach Seguin and bring him along as reasonably as possible so he's properly prepared when circumstances dictate he get more crucial ice time.