funkyfresh Posted October 23, 2015 Share Posted October 23, 2015 http://blogs.theprovince.com/2015/10/23/willie-comes-strong-defending-the-deployment-of-his-young-players/I was pretty upset with Willie yesterday but this kind of makes some sense. He doesn't mind if they make mistakes, he just wants them to be aggressive and not be afraid. Edit: I don't agree with him, but I see where he is coming from.“With the young players, they are trying so hard to contribute and do the right things,” Willie said.“They don’t want to get beat. So, they back off and they give the other guy time. The guy doesn’t beat them but he has time to make a great play and that beats us.“We have to get them more confident where they can be aggressive.“If they get beat, they get beat. But they play the game the way they need to play it.” “I know you will look at it like these guys didn’t get that much ice time in the third or they didn’t get that.“But you have to develop guys from junior to the NHL. There’s a growing phase. Usually, the growing phase is the American League.“But we’re trying to miss that phase. So, sometimes there are situations in the NHL they may not be quite ready for. Edit 2: interview with tsn (thanks Gstank29) http://www.tsn.ca/radio/vancouver-1040-i-1410/desjardins-we-always-like-to-roll-4-lines-1.381661 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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