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  • Chuck Schwartz
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    Re: WISCONSIN Hockey Vol. 22 - Let's not have another cheesy thread title... Wait, W

    Originally posted by solovsfett View Post
    eh, it's a thought as to why his recruiting tactics changed (which I believe he stated as much in 2007), why so many grinders et al. I know you're a glass 1/2 full guy w/Eaves, I used to be as well. changed my mind in 2008. regardless as to whether Eaves was forced by early departures into recruiting avg. players (which I'd argue is all his fault since Hakstol manages this just fine amongst others) I stand by the fact he's an ultimate control freak and while he can land a good forward now and then we'll never see a high flying team w/him at the helm. He just won't tolerate what comes with players like a Heater, Rau et al which is occasional defensive zone lapses or weak coverage with the upside being what we all know and have witnessed from said players
    That's just not true. Davies, Turris, Gagner, Zulinick, Besse hell even Brendan Smith/Gardiner/Schultz even though they are d-men were offense first, and very weak in their own end to start. To say that Eaves is recruiting bad players because he can control them is the craziest thing I've heard in a while. If he was such an ultimate control freak he wouldn't recruit players that are going to be draft picks alone, let alone first/second/third round guys which he's had a million of since he's been at UW. He'd recruit like Mankato with one draft pick on a good year.

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  • solovsfett
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    Originally posted by Chuck Schwartz View Post
    That's quite the conspiracy theory. Nowhere near accurate, but quite the conspiracy regardless.
    eh, it's a thought as to why his recruiting tactics changed (which I believe he stated as much in 2007), why so many grinders et al. I know you're a glass 1/2 full guy w/Eaves, I used to be as well. changed my mind in 2008. regardless as to whether Eaves was forced by early departures into recruiting avg. players (which I'd argue is all his fault since Hakstol manages this just fine amongst others) I stand by the fact he's an ultimate control freak and while he can land a good forward now and then we'll never see a high flying team w/him at the helm. He just won't tolerate what comes with players like a Heater, Rau et al which is occasional defensive zone lapses or weak coverage with the upside being what we all know and have witnessed from said players
    Last edited by solovsfett; 12-18-2012, 11:57 PM.

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  • Chuck Schwartz
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    Originally posted by solovsfett View Post
    quick thoughts:
    I think Eaves has brought in more than his fair share of guys that can't skate including "mr hitch in his get-up, Matt Ford", Gorowsky and many many others, Mitchell, Mersch etc. That indicates a willingness to overlook that component. however I think that's dangerous (regardless of how well he thinks he can coach and condition kids)

    Skating is the most important aspect of the game obviously, I look at CC, DU, MN, BC, Michigan, they don't have many clunkers out there and even their big guys can skate, so I don't really know why Eaves chooses to go after guys -more often than any other coach it seems- that are terrible or average skaters. I honestly think it's because he can control these types of players moreso than the hotshots AND he thinks he can coach and condition them up. it's also (for now) my reasoning behind why he prefers a team or 3rd liners, control. much easier to convince the Little-Dahl-Little's of the world to buy into the D-zone responsibility than
    it would be the Rau's of the world
    That's quite the conspiracy theory. Nowhere near accurate, but quite the conspiracy regardless.

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  • solovsfett
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    Re: WISCONSIN Hockey Vol. 22 - Let's not have another cheesy thread title... Wait, W

    Originally posted by Timothy A View Post
    A good discussion on the skating thing. I just have to think that yes there are physical limitations as to skating ability, but these guys are way above average athletes (probably an understatement), so you'd think they'd have the ability to improve their skating to a certain level. History does tell us some can, but some just can't. As markwojo said about the scout who said skating is 1 and 1a in evaluation, how can a guy like Eaves bring in a guy who just doesn't have that ncaa ability to skate? It sure seems like you can't bank on it improving enough to be able to utilize their other hockey skills. I guess I'd stay away from guys like that.
    quick thoughts:
    I think Eaves has brought in more than his fair share of guys that can't skate including "mr hitch in his get-up, Matt Ford", Gorowsky and many many others, Mitchell, Mersch etc. That indicates a willingness to overlook that component. however I think that's dangerous (regardless of how well he thinks he can coach and condition kids)

    Skating is the most important aspect of the game obviously, I look at CC, DU, MN, BC, Michigan, they don't have many clunkers out there and even their big guys can skate, so I don't really know why Eaves chooses to go after guys -more often than any other coach it seems- that are terrible or average skaters. I honestly think it's because he can control these types of players moreso than the hotshots AND he thinks he can coach and condition them up. it's also (for now) my reasoning behind why he prefers a team or 3rd liners, control. much easier to convince the Little-Dahl-Little's of the world to buy into the D-zone responsibility than
    it would be the Rau's of the world

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  • Timothy A
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    A good discussion on the skating thing. I just have to think that yes there are physical limitations as to skating ability, but these guys are way above average athletes (probably an understatement), so you'd think they'd have the ability to improve their skating to a certain level. History does tell us some can, but some just can't. As markwojo said about the scout who said skating is 1 and 1a in evaluation, how can a guy like Eaves bring in a guy who just doesn't have that ncaa ability to skate? It sure seems like you can't bank on it improving enough to be able to utilize their other hockey skills. I guess I'd stay away from guys like that.

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  • Chuck Schwartz
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    I should note that you can get away with not being a great skater, but you need to be exceptional in other areas including anticipation and hockey sense. Joe Pavelski is not a good skater, it's the reason he wasn't drafted until the 7th round and spent an extra year in the USHL. But Pavelski is one of the most intelligent players ever to play at the UW and is off the charts in a number of different areas obviously.

    Michael Mersch couldn't skate a lick coming into UW and was left off the U.S. U18 team for the world championships. At UW he's really worked on it with the coaches and it's noticeable this season how much better he is on his feet. It's obviously shown up in the goal department as well. He's still got a ways to go to turn himself into an NHL type guy, but the improvement in this area makes me feel like it's possible down the road with his offensive skill set.

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  • Almington
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    Originally posted by Timothy A View Post
    When a coach scouts a recruit, they can see how good their skating is. They can either pass on them because it sucks or know how to make them a better skater. There are all sorts of skating experts out there. Anyone who has played youth hockey or have had their kids play youth hockey has had the opportunity to have their kids work with an expert. Certainly there are exprts at the collegiate level and higher who can be brought in to help someone become a better skater. It's not easy to break old bad habits, but it is possible. I agree skating can be a factor in development, but I don't think it's a complete dead end.
    Everyone has limits to their physical ability. No amount of training time and developmental expertise is going to turn me (or just about anyone else) into an elite level athlete because of my physical limitations. We are not just talking about being above average or merely good at something, we are talking about being in a truly elite group, in the top few hundred or so for their age group of millions of young men. Some player are just not going to be able to move up and be successful at the next level.

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  • markwojo
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    Originally posted by Timothy A View Post
    When a coach scouts a recruit, they can see how good their skating is. They can either pass on them because it sucks or know how to make them a better skater. There are all sorts of skating experts out there. Anyone who has played youth hockey or have had their kids play youth hockey has had the opportunity to have their kids work with an expert. Certainly there are exprts at the collegiate level and higher who can be brought in to help someone become a better skater. It's not easy to break old bad habits, but it is possible. I agree skating can be a factor in development, but I don't think it's a complete dead end.
    The problem is that coaches are trying to make decisions on how a 16/17 year old kid is going to develop. Some are done growing, while otheres are not. Yes you can always improve skating, but some kids will never improve enough to keep up at the next level. There are way to many variables to simply say taking some clinics will make a kid a better skater to the degree needed at a higher level (how hard of a worker is the kid? what are their genetics (can't teach size)? will girls/schoolwork/booze screw them up? are they even willing to realize they need help (these kids have been highly sucessful and told they are the crap all the way up from mite)? ). Make no mistake....skating is THE deadend for most players when they hit the end of the line in hockey...some just can't overcome it. I know a guy that does a little advising to NHL scouts and occasionally looks at kids...the first and second question is always can the kid skate with hockey sense being a distant third.

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  • Timothy A
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    Originally posted by Almington View Post
    In my experence, the players that produced in the USHL (or any of the Canadian Junior Leagues) and don't produce in the WCHA are generally held back by their skating ability (and in hindsight it becomes clear that they often had their numbers in juniors inflated who their linemates were and the system that the team were running particularly on the PP) because skating ability is what allows you to generate good chances 5-on-5.
    When a coach scouts a recruit, they can see how good their skating is. They can either pass on them because it sucks or know how to make them a better skater. There are all sorts of skating experts out there. Anyone who has played youth hockey or have had their kids play youth hockey has had the opportunity to have their kids work with an expert. Certainly there are exprts at the collegiate level and higher who can be brought in to help someone become a better skater. It's not easy to break old bad habits, but it is possible. I agree skating can be a factor in development, but I don't think it's a complete dead end.

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  • ExileOnDaytonStreet
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    I was trying to think of all the early departures we've seen under Eaves (since the 2002 off-season), and I decided to try to make a definitive list. Let me know what I'm missing or have incorrect:

    Early Departure (signed pro contract)
    Jason Clark
    Robbie Earl
    Jake Gardiner
    Cody Goloubef
    Jamie McBain
    Ryan McDonagh
    Jordy Murray
    Joe Pavelski
    Joe Piskula
    Justin Schultz
    Jack Skille
    Brendan Smith
    Craig Smith
    Derek Stepan
    Ryan Suter
    Kyle Turris

    Transferred to Another Program
    Ken Rowe
    Tom Sawatske
    Matt Thurber

    Left for Major Junior
    Matt Auffrey
    Alex Leavitt
    Nigel Williams

    Left Hockey in General/Went Down to USHL/CIS/D-III
    Tom Bardis
    Zach Bearson
    Joe Campbell
    Patrick Daly
    John Funk
    Mark Heatley
    Jake Heisler
    Chris Hickey
    Chris Julka
    Tyler Lapic
    Joey McElroy
    Joe Simon

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  • Ohio Puck
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    How is Rumpel doing?

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  • Chuck Schwartz
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    Originally posted by Almington View Post
    In my experence, the players that produced in the USHL (or any of the Canadian Junior Leagues) and don't produce in the WCHA are generally held back by their skating ability (and in hindsight it becomes clear that they often had their numbers in juniors inflated who their linemates were and the system that the team were running particularly on the PP) because skating ability is what allows you to generate good chances 5-on-5.
    Ding. Ding. Ding. We've got a winner.

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  • Almington
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    Originally posted by Chuck Schwartz View Post
    Maybe they're just not good enough players. The level of the USHL compared to the WCHA is night and day. Kids can get away with stuff in the USHL that they obviously can't at this level. Tom Gorowsky couldn't skate a lick. It didn't matter in Minnesota high school hockey on the best team in the state when he put up a zillion points or even when he did well in the USHL. That flaw was exposed in the WCHA and he couldn't keep up. Finally, when he was a savvy senior he was able to produce.

    Every case needs to be taken on an individual basis. I hate blanket statements on players.
    In my experence, the players that produced in the USHL (or any of the Canadian Junior Leagues) and don't produce in the WCHA are generally held back by their skating ability (and in hindsight it becomes clear that they often had their numbers in juniors inflated who their linemates were and the system that the team were running particularly on the PP) because skating ability is what allows you to generate good chances 5-on-5.

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  • Chuck Schwartz
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    Originally posted by Timothy A View Post
    My point was that these guys had tons of potential, to end up like Pavs or Stepan, and none of them got better in their 4 yrs @ UW. If you are a higher end scorer in the level below and don't double your point average from your fr to sr years (if you stay that long), something is wrong.
    Maybe they're just not good enough players. The level of the USHL compared to the WCHA is night and day. Kids can get away with stuff in the USHL that they obviously can't at this level. Tom Gorowsky couldn't skate a lick. It didn't matter in Minnesota high school hockey on the best team in the state when he put up a zillion points or even when he did well in the USHL. That flaw was exposed in the WCHA and he couldn't keep up. Finally, when he was a savvy senior he was able to produce.

    Every case needs to be taken on an individual basis. I hate blanket statements on players.

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  • Timothy A
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    Originally posted by bucky15 View Post
    I can't agree more. Take a look at Andy Bohmbach's numbers, this is someone who was a late pick up that ended up playing some games in the AHL after UW. I think people are missing the point that Eaves has recruited too much of one type of player 3/4 years ago and it is showing on the ice at the moment with the grind style of play. It is unrealistic to have every forward recruited to put up over 60 points in his career. I also think players like Barnes/LeBate/Woods/Navin need to step up and fill these secondary scoring voids in the current team.
    My point was that these guys had tons of potential, to end up like Pavs or Stepan, and none of them got better in their 4 yrs @ UW. If you are a higher end scorer in the level below and don't double your point average from your fr to sr years (if you stay that long), something is wrong.

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