slaps wrote: Troy McClure wrote:
I know the fun habit is to update us every time a former d-man records a point, but I don't know what more they could have done with Oleksiak. They brought him into camp four seasons in a row with the expectation that he'd earn the job. They tried to hand him a job four seasons in a row, and he failed to step up and take it four seasons in a row.
To me, it's more about the ongoing issues the Stars seem to have drafting and developing talent. If it's a one-off here and there, maybe the player just needs a change of scenery. If it's a recurring theme, perhaps its something systemically wrong with the Stars organization.
Niskanen, Nemeth, Oleksiak... I don't think it's a one-off thing here.
We basically give these guys 8-10 minutes a night to wow us, and when they make a single mistake, they get benched for 8 games. Then they get picked up for nothing by Cup-winning teams who immediately slot them into top-4 roles where they thrive.
I know there are roughly 41,000 posts on this board essentially saying "well, if X Player was any good, then why couldn't he beat out Woywitka/Gonchar/Pateryn/Etc?" But sometimes... lineup decisions aren't really made because of talent or on-ice production. Head coaches are human, they like "their guys," for whatever reasons, and some smarter team reaps the rewards of our high draft picks (basically exactly how we got Zubov and Seguin).
Right now it seems like Hitch is married to Methot, who kinda sucks, and Hamhuis/Pateryn, who get lit up for nearly all of our even-strength goals against. Just like Ruff was married to Kris Russell for no reason anyone could see on the ice, and Gonchar/Woywitka/etc. Eventually that will probably cost Hitch his job here (like it did earlier with Hatcher/Matvichuk), but in the meantime I guess we're supposed to watch the Stars score one goal and play Pateryn over Klingberg in games where they're trailing for 56 minutes.