Re: The Hamilton Question
posted at 1/16/2013 2:20 PM EST
In response to NeelyOrrBourque's comment:
In response to shuperman's comment:
In response to BadHabitude's comment:
Didn't you guys see the game last night?
I understand it was just one game, yes and he probably had the jitters being up with the big club, but he was just awful. I saw 2 passes he couldn't contain that looked like they were good passes.
I had high hopes for the kid, I even have him picked for the Calder.
I know, just one game, but wow was that ever a stinker. He looked far better in last year's exhibition games.
What the heck happened? It was more than just the couple of flubbed passes or mistakes, he looked like he had no skills. It would all make sense if I learned he had an ENORMOUS hangover or something.
19 yr old Dmen never come in and dominate. They all have growing pains. Wingers go up and down the ice. Dmen run the game and at that speed level it takes time. I look at Schultz in Edmonton. He is a mature player, had AHL time and is ready. I want Hamilton to get seasoning in the AHL. Look at Myers in buffalo. Awesome year one. Regression in year two.
If Hamilton sticks he has to be with chara or seidz. Play him in all situations early on. Let him mirror charas 30 minutes a night. patience is key with any young player. Especially someone trying to play defence. He's not seguIn. A fwd can have an off night and still do ok. Have an off night on the back end and you lose games.
So you're saying wind him up & let him go. That's a gamble I like, but as you know CJ as a coach...Do you think he'd do that?
Well u don't learn on he bench. I keep saying the learning curve is more difficult on the backend. So two options.
1. Play the life outta him with chara. Let him ride shotgun and learn from the most dominant dman-player in the game. Chara can fix mistakes. Chara can make up for them and allow Hamilton to find his offence and learn the league.
2. Send him back to junior and then AHL for playoffs. Maybe 20 games down next year on the farm.
I prefer option 2. But I would love to see option 1.