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After setting the league on fire in October, Linus Klasen’s production has settled down a bit. On this roadtrip, he has only produced one goal and one assist. And on Friday night, Klasen found himself as a healthy scratch against the Texas Stars.
This may come as a surprise to many, that a team would bench their leading scorer. But there’s a lot more to the story.
In Lane Lambert’s pre-game interview with Aaron Sims, which will be broadcast before the game against the Houston Aeros tonight on Sportsradio1250 WSSP, Coach talks about a lot of things….Faceoffs, Steve Begin, Dan Gendur, penalty killing, Houston scouting report….oh, and what’s up with Klasen.
Here’s a clip from the interview.
“Well he’s got to raise his compete level. He’s got to be a lot more detailed. It’s not pond hockey here; we’re playing under a team system and a team structure. He’s a terrific individual skilled player, and we need him. We need him to be on our team and we need him to be playing well. And he’s going to score for us yes, but at the end of the day, Linus has been more of a liability lately on the ice turning pucks over and in the defensive zone, than he has been putting up any numbers. At some point in time when we’re asking our team to be detailed and be committed, the players or player that isn’t has to sit and watch and get on board. And that’s what happened to him last night.
This sounds like it could be Peter Olvecky part two, here. I hope not….because we all know how that ended….and it wasn’t well.
No word yet on whether or not he’ll be scratched again tonight in Houston.
I’ll go on record saying that I support Lane’s decision 100%. There’s no room for players in such a structured system at this level to just do their own thing. The question now is going to be how will Linus respond on the ice and at practice.
Again, catch the full interview in the pre-game show of tonight’s broadcast on Sportsradio 1250 WSSP.