Toasted Oates wrote:
Lehtera- a team low 11:19
That first part - good. They were the ones actually putting forth effort for the whole game. That last part - scratch his ass already and play Barbashev or Sanford.
I'd be good with that. This is at least a step in the right direction though. I know you don't like Yeo, but he at least is taking ice time away from Lehtera. And, we knew he wasn't going to sit out every game the rest of the year. So, if we're going to play him, might as well let the Avs be one of the games.
The problem with this is the Avs, being a crappy team, are the best team to start integrating younger players into key roles, instead of giving guys any ice time who doesn't deserve any.
Put it this way, which is better?
1) Integrating prospects against one of the worst teams in the league.
2) Integrating prospects against one of the best teams in the West.
Instead, we get the 3rd line with a C who doesn't belong in the NHL and 2 wingers who belong in the AHL at best. Why even ice that line at all???
This is one of the problem with Yeo. Small picture thinking and giving veterans opportunities they don't deserve while keeping prospects on the sidelines and when he does give prospects chances it's only in 3rd/4th line roles with limited ice time. (2 shifts in a game isn't giving a prospect a real opportunity) Prospects don't improve at the NHL level that way.
Just to pile on a little more about Yeo's inability to get offense from a team, his AHL Aero's team that reached the AHL Finals - not one player on the team was top 15 in goals, points, or assists. They got there on defense and goaltending and lost in the Finals due to the lack of offense. At every level as a head coach, Yeo teams do not generate offense.