None of those guys are here yet, thus why we are in the spot we are. The chances that all of them turn out is very small. maybe 1 or 2 will turn out into a star, but that is about it. Most will never be anything more than role players and career AHL types.
I agree. It seems we have been doing a far better job of drafting and developing defensemen than forwards.
It really looked worse than it was, and Kronwall did put himself in a vulnerable position. However, mckleod has a duty to anticipate Kronwall's change in direction. Furthermore, he didn't let up or attempt to change direction, himself. Two games would be the right call. Then again, I'm not familiar with mckleod's history. If he has been in this situation before, then he deserves more. It is important that you anticipate a pkayer's change in direction. At this level, a guy is not going to stay in a position that opens himself up for a hit. A player may make a mistake, but he will typically compensate by turning or moving. The onus is on the player making the hit to anticipate such a move.
I don't believe in banning fighting, nor do I have a ton of sympathy for people with injuries sustained from years of being a pro athlete. Most of these sports have been around for almost 100 years, if you do not realize the dangers before receiving a pay check you're already brain damaged. When a solider has long term knee problems from years of running, or a fire fighter is burned while putting out a fire, nobody is shocked. These guys are paid an insane amount of money to play a sport. I'm not going to cry for them because they are putting there bodies out there as a result.
Again, the injuries you refer to result from activities that are necessary parts of being a soldier or a firefighter. Fighting is by no means essential to the game of hockey.
Furthermore, junior elligibabity starts at age 16. There are a lot of naive, young players who are pigeonholed into a fighter role because of their size or other factors. If they don't go with the role they're given, their career is pretty much over. A naive person, with little formal education will almost always make the choice that allows them to keep playing. I'm usually all for allowing people to make their own mistakes. But the situation here is coercive, plain and simple. The junior hockey clubs rake in the cash, while players are usually paid nothing except for the chance to be drafted.
Just to play devils advocate... One could argue that the only reason injuries like this occur is because players are forced to play on slippery ice and balance on a single blade.
Ban ice and skates and lets play on a rubber surface and wear sneakers.
Or you could keep those necessary elements while just banning the unnecessary element; fighting. Skating on ice is an integral part of gameplay in ice hockey. Fighting is not.
I get that you're just playing devil's advocate.
But it's only a matter of time before someone says, "people will still get hurt from hits, so you want to ban hitting too?" I hate those arguments because all they do is obscure the point, which should be the minimization of UNNECESSARY risk. Hockey will always be dangerous. I just don't see the benefit of making it more dangerous than it needs to be.