ugg boots canada How failure of the Edmonton Oilers might push Connor McDavid to the next level
Focused practice of veteran superstars like Crosby and Pavelski should be thenew goal, says TSN’s Rishaug and FerraroThis in, a fascinating discussion on Jan. 10 between TSN Ryan Rishaug and TSN Ray Ferroro on the Pulp Hockey podcast with Steve Matthes about how Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and the Edmonton Oilers can rise out of this failure and reach the next level.
The discussion started off with Matthes suggesting to Rishaug that maybe McDavid wasn quite as strong and flashy this year. Rishaug mentioned McDavid month of intense illness, but said the young team captain has nonetheless been dominating many games. been killing himself. I think it important to say that he doing his part and he playing really, really well most nights. said, Rishaug said McDavid is judged on another level, as a generational player. a brilliant playmaker and can find guys that nobody else in the world can find out there. But until he develops more of a shoot first attitude he not going to help this team as much as it needs to be helped. It going to take some the failure by the team for him to realize his best chance of getting to where he wants to be is to become more of a shoot first player, to think goal scoring more. He already saying that he did last summer and that he had that thought process. I don see it manifest itself at all in his game. I like to see him shoot first more. I like to see him more go work and develop a one timer. I don think it OK to just go, I don have a great one timer and that OK. added he like to see McDavid work on his faceoff skills as wells. are deficiencies in McDavid game, as there in every player, and I think when he really digs down and gets to work, working on those, his game will be the game it needs to be for this team to have the success that he wants it to have. He so brilliant and he accomplished so much already, what the impetus to sneak into those corners of your game and turn over those stones that are uncomfortable to turn over when you got the world by the tail? said if McDavid looks around, and McDavid seems like an aware kid, he can draw on the resource of Wayne Gretzky, who was such a greater goal scorer. McDavid can also look at how Crosby improved at faceoffs, Ferraro said. you want to be one of the greats, and he can, Connor;s just blessed, he can get there wants to be the best, then that the area he has to get in and it seems foolish to me that you wouldn do that.
EDMONTON, ALBERTA: JANUARY 10, 2014 Edmonton Oilers Ryan Nugent Hopkins (second from right) celebrates with team mates Justin Schultz (left), Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall
Rishaug then built on Ferraro point. special players specialize in working on things they not good at. I find with today hyper skilled players, the super high end guys, they don like working on things they aren good at. And I seen lots of high end skilled players come through this town and that has been the case. Jordan Eberle, my goodness, had he been able to develop any kind of one timer whatsoever having Ryan Nugent Hopkins and then McDavid feeding him. But he never really worked on it. He never really realized the importance of it and worked. then brought up Crosby at the end of a recent practice working for 30 minutes on his one timer shot, something he felt he needed to improve because of his new placement on the power play. Crosby was on a two year project to work on this shot. going to take a bit of failure I think and for Connor McDavid to realize just showing up and putting the sweater on isn going to win his team a Stanley Cup. That he needs to lead that way. He needs to explore those uncomfortable corners and, in turn, Leon Draisaitl will do the same and Jesse Puljujarvi will do the same. But I hear to tell you when McDavid showed up to play in the NHL he did not show up to a group of players that had ever done that. Ever. Taylor Hall, Eberle, Nugent Hopkins, Justin Schultz, none of these guys. It goes back to Ales Hemsky in this city. a practice last year, Joe Pavelski shot 200 pucks before the coaches stepped on the ice, Rishaug said, and McDavid and Co. need to find some of that. not saying they don work hard because they do. They work hard. But there a next level that is available to them. added, not laying it all on their feet. I want to be clear. They brilliant players and I not laying all this at their feet but we analyzing these guys on a different level than everybody else and I think that that fair to do. takeAs I said, a fascinating discussion and no surprise as Rishaug is an Oilers insider with a good head on his shoulders and strong observational skills, and Ferraro is the best hockey commentator in the world. I listen to almost all of Rishaug’s twice daily spots on TSN, but this is the first time I’ve heard him get into such depth about the level of the work ethic of Oilers stars past and present. His comments on Hall, Eberle and Schultz are no doubt a major piece of the puzzle of why those players are no longer on the Oilers. Could it be that all needed the wake up call of a trade to help take them to another level as players? But that maybe RNH has done so this year on this own, without needing the shock of a trade? Bob Stauffer of the Oilers raves about the work ethic of Darnell Nurse, and we’ve seen Nurse’s game improve each year by bounds. Stauffer also makes it clear that McDavid is a serious minded and hard working team leader. Rishaug suggests here that there’s yet one more level for McDavid to attain in his game preparation, and that’s the level now reached by players like Crosby and Pavelski. That McDavid is still not finished his learning curve isn’t a criticism and should come as no surprise. He just turned 21. No 21 year old has the world figured out. Hell, no one does. Again, thanks to Rishaug and Ferraro for the insight and I highly recommend to anyone who doesn’t follow their work, which is available regularly on various podcasts, that they should do so. At the CultLEAVINS: Game grades in win over Canucks