Re: Think Burke would take Wheeler?
posted at 5/4/2010 5:52 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Think Burke would take Wheeler?
One more year for Wheeler. I keep saying it, remember Boyes. I had given up on him and then look what happened. Or maybe like I've said before, maybe he might never come out of it without a change of scenery.
Posted by BadHabitude
pretty good analysis. Wheeler's future i don't think is set in stone. What is clear is that he is 6'5 220, has great stick handing and skating skills, and he is playing 4th line wing on a team that is desperate for wings. Sadly, it is where he belongs at this point. The annoying part is, when he is demoted, he shows more effort when he is on the ice. He turns in on, for whatever reason, when he feels like he has something to prove.
Kessel behaves like Wheeler, they play like they are entitled to their ice-time and only when they are deprived of it do they raise their level--as if to prove someone wrong for doubting them.
It's mind boggling that a kid with that much skill is just trying to do as little as possible to go through the motions and not get called out for it. I mean, why is he even working harder now that he is a 4th liner? So he can go back to gliding through the neutral zone and offensive zone like he's wayne gretzky? Kid needs to earn it and he hasn't.
Maybe that's why he chose this organization in the first place. He said all kinds of great things about how Boston was going in the right direction blah blah blah. In retrospect, i think it was attractive to Wheeler because he would never have to take ownership of the team if it struggled--there would be plenty of blame to go around (less pressure). So many times in the season we could have used a more determined Wheeler, and the kid just doesn't seem to wanna step up. Its like he feels that he can play his way and everyone else will just have to deal with it because he's Blake Wheeler.
News flash Blake: You're coming up on three years into the league and you're on the 4th line. You're not that good now, and even if you do bust your rear end from here on out you will have shaved a significant amount of time off your peak production years. How much longer are you willing to wait? What are you even waiting for?
(I should note, he's been good on the PK, which is a solid contribution.. I just don't think being a special teams player was what we all had in mind when we added Wheeler, former #5 overall pick to the squad)