The Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa penned a column in which he discusses the Wings’ up-tick in play over the past couple of weeks, and Krupa suggests that it may be best for the Wings’ young players to play on a team that can at least attempt to win somewhat consistently. As such:
The coach, who said he believes the Wings can go on a run and who found considerable support for the theory from the men in the room over the next three games, thinks that growth and victories are synonymous.
“I’ve always been a believer that development and winning go hand-in-hand,” Blashill said. The best way to increase your ceiling is to increase your individual players. So, to me, they’re the same.”
Blashill’s tenure will be judged on whether the Red Wings improve.
“I think some people think development is just go play, have whoever just go play,” he said. “That is 100 percent bull. Part of learning is having to sit, sometimes. Part of learning is getting an understanding of being rewarded for efforts, and things like that.
“My job is to have the individual players on the team develop through the course of the year so that we’re better at the end of the year, individually, than we were at the beginning of the year,” he said.
“Now, sometimes that means somebody sits. Sometimes that means we show him video. Sometimes that means we show him in front of the guys. Sometimes that means I yell at you. All those things change the habit of a player.”
Krupa continues, and his column is worth your time…