Unusual Season Means Unusual Handling of Veterans

When the NHL announced that it was going ahead with a condensed 56-game season, players, coaches and general managers knew that it would be tough. GMs are dealing with a flap cap, possibly for a few years, and have players to sign. Coaches and players didn’t have a proper training camp with exhibitions to implement systems and get in game shape. A division realignment made for close geographical rivalries while facing the same teams eight to ten times each guarantees some bad blood. As every game is a four-point game, it carries the intensity up over a long period. Then put all of that into a shorten season, playing almost every second day and you can see how fatigue, physical and mental, has and will set in.

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Kotkaniemi: He Who Laughs Last, Laughs Best

We’ve talked about it many times,. Fans being fans, they are quick at judging the development of a young prospect and often want them in too big of roles too soon. Fortunately, they’re not the ones at the helm of NHL teams as many of the best talent is being developed over time. The Edmonton Oilers have made a living of putting great young players in too big of roles too early in their career, burning them off and wrecking their development. With the exception of a few exceptional talents, it usually takes on average three to five years to determine the quality and depth of a Draft. And in spite of some fans claiming otherwise, the 2018 Draft is no exception.

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