Re: Seguin / Krejci
posted at 2/3/2011 9:38 AM EST
In Response to Re: Seguin / Krejci
[QUOTE]Kreji is "outstanding" as Nathan Horton states. That's a pretty positive comment. Julien states that "Kreji makes the team better". What more can you want. Seguin still looks unsettled, and That has more to do with Julien and other coaches dictating what they want him to do. He is allowed very little of the freedom that produced a goal in his second game. The kid is following orders and has been shuffled all over the lineup, not exactly the best way to develop a young player.
Posted by bogie6[/QUOTE]
I really gotta disagree with part of the Seguin thing Bogie. I don't think it's at all fair to blame coaching, or playing time on anyone other than Seguin...but I'm cutting him some slack too. This is the big time...not minor hockey. There should be no entitlement, especially to a rookie who has yet to earn any. An NHL player has to learn the pro game, executional responsibility, and he has to learn the team dynamic. Some catch on quicker than others, and there are many examples of past NHL greats, who didn't start to blossom until their 3rd or 4th year. Unfortunately, some highly skilled kids, never become highly skilled men, but in virtually every case, that falls squarely on their shoulders, not someone elses.
It's not yet time to lay any blame on Seguins development. It is somewhat disappointing to hear some experts say his play has "digressed" over the last while, but he's still very, very young. Perhaps the expectation of the fan base, exceeds that of the organization. Perhaps the pressure of that is a factor. Maybe he should have spent another year in junior, maybe he's nursing a nagging injury, maybe he's tired. We don't really know. In any event, at this stage, it's only fair to assume he's a potential bright light, and the ball is in his court, and he alone, has to figure out a way to run with it. Next year at this time, things should be much clearer.