Sometimes kids are bad. When they are you generally need to punish them. I always prefer the passive aggressive guilt method because I was raised in a Catholic house, but sometimes you need to do more than than.
Sometimes you dont have to say anything at all. The Oilers kids laid an egg yesterday against the Flames and they know it. These guys are fighting for their futures, nobody has to tell them to be better. Some of them went to bed last night legitimately afraid that it was the end of their careers. The stakes are high enough that the built in pressure will be all that’s needed to motivate those who get another shot to be better.
What we were reminded of was that it’s a lot easier for a young forward to impress than a young defenseman. Look at the rosters the Flames and the Oilers iced last night. The Oilers best forwards were drafted outside of the 1st round, their best prospects were all defensemen. Out of all the defensemen, only one looked capable of handling the more offensively talented Flames group and he was the defender with the most experience.
An experience like last night should remind us that the Barons, who will be inheriting more than a few of these defensemen, will be in for a lot hand-wringing this season. Defensemen are so raw out of Juniour that it seems like they are learning the game for the first time. This group is still pretty good, but if we could only transplant Marincin’s experience into each one of them the story would have played out differently than it had.
Klefbom looked bad. He played poorly. He was also playing for the 1st time in almost a year on a completely new (to him) ice surface, AND he was playing with an 18 year old who has absolutely 0 pro experience. If he’s as good as they say he is then we should expect consistent improvement, but the initial result should have been expected.
As for the rest of them, they know they were bad. I dont need to pile on.
PS. Was anyone else stoked when Greg Chase held his stick blade out like he was Tim “Dr Hook” McCracken???