In the world of sports, the principle of load management more and more people are talking about it. This is especially the case in basketball, where the NBA wants to try to do everything to keep stars on the court.
It’s the same thing in baseball. In recent years, teams have not been afraid to slow their young players down a bit – especially pitchers.
Why? Because it is said that a pitcher, in an ideal world, should not throw more than 30% of the innings than the year before, so as not to overstretch the muscles of the pitcher.
That’s why sometimes young pitchers go back to the minors… even if they don’t deserve it.
The Miami Marlins did it this year with Eury Perez. There was a lot of talk about this because the club needed a pitcher, and they had a very good one who was resting against his will in the players.
All this in the race for the playoffs.
Miami passed up a chance to potentially get a good draft pick (a club that sees their kid win Rookie of the Year gets a good draft pick) for the benefit of the kid in the long run.
I don’t think he’d beat Corbin Carroll for sure, for those who care, but Perez was definitely on fire.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll won NL Rookie of the Year. Like Gunnar Henderson, he was unanimous. The Diamondbacks will get an extra first-round pick for Carroll’s win. This is the fifth time both Rookies of the Year have received every first-place vote.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 13, 2023
So that brings us to the NHL. A lot of people, including former goalkeeper like José Théodoredon’t think that today’s Cerberas no longer play two games in two nights.
But it’s not just the goalkeepers who suffer load management: young people too.
In 2019, for those who remember, the Canadian sidelined Jesperi Kotkaniemi in March, during a trip to California. Why? Because Claude Julien felt that his rookie player was tired.
But this year, the Ducks took it to the next level. Instead of waiting for newly drafted Leo Carlsson to tire out, the Ducks are putting him out every now and then. #Prevention Instead of Treatment
He regularly skips his turn – and it’s planned. He has played 13 of his team’s 19 games so far.
As reported Jean-François Chaumont, from the Journal de Montréalit doesn’t necessarily suit the people on the ground, but everyone understands that the organization is doing it for the benefit of the young person.
Leo Carlsson would like to play every match, but he believes in the plan set by the team’s management.
“I think it will be a win-win situation for everybody going forward, for Leo and for the Ducks” – Greg Croninhttps://t.co/pVqGHKlj58
— JF Chaumont (@JFChausontJDM) November 23, 2023
It should also be said that, unlike the Miami Marlins in 2023, the Ducks are not seriously aiming for the playoffs. Everyone can allow a young person to develop at their own pace.
And that, even if we believe that Carlsson would adequately help the club to be able to play.
Science is now more a part of sports. (…) There are things that science notices, but I don’t see them coach hockey. I have no choice but to believe them. – Greg Cronin, Ducks coach
I understand the plan, but I can tell you that Leo is a very good player and helps our team win when he plays. I would like to see him in our training sessions for all the games. – Mason McTavish
There are frustrations in all of this (it’s normal when we see that the Swedish center already has nine points in 13 games this season), but the long-term plan has an advantage over the rest.
And it seems to be working.
So at this point, we can wonder if the Ducks’ recipe could be applied to a Canadian who also works more long-term than short-term.
The club from Montreal will not win the Stanley Cup in 2024 and we know it.
From the beginning of the season, Juraj Slafkovsky was not always in optimal conditions. Since Kirby Dach is injured, he sometimes plays with Nick Suzuki…
But sometimes he also plays with Christian Dvorak.
Canadiens warm-up lines in Anaheim
— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 23, 2023
Sometimes we saw the Slovak only play 12, 13 or 14 minutes, which is not the case with Carlsson (except once) in Anaheim. One plays less than 15 minutes on average per game, and the other plays 18 minutes.
And a hint: whoever plays for 18 minutes does so with great responsibility.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) November 23, 2023
The perfect recipe, obviously, does not exist. But Carlsson’s practice and rest time really seems to be having an effect right now in Anaheim and one day make him a player who will dominate for 82 games.
The way he plays on the ice tells us that things seem to be going well for him.
Currently, CH only have 12 forwards up front (thanks to the manager’s a trois in front of the net) and could not afford the luxury of leaving Slaf out. And at this point, almost 18 months after his arrival in the organization, I don’t see CH doing that. It would be special at this moment.
That said, we can wonder if the Ducks method will produce children in the future.
A lots of
– Oh yeah?
— Zakary Mercier (@ZakaryMercier) November 23, 2023
Looks like Alex Belzile is having fun in Hartford. Here he is with 17 points in 16 games in the Rangers farm club. His leadership is sorely missed by the Rocket this year. https://t.co/NLzb38R0oq
— Anthony Marcotte (@anthonymarcotte) November 23, 2023
Lane Hutson scored for the 7th straight gamehttps://t.co/SYPRQk010c
— RDS (@RDSca) November 23, 2023
– To read.
The values and tough skin of Pascal Vincent, who saw his team end a nine-game losing streak last night. https://t.co/IN4dJJV0Ec
— Martin Leclerc (@MLeclerc_Hockey) November 23, 2023
– The Dodgers are going to have a big winter. Will they get what they want?
But Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Shohei Ohtani are a different story. https://t.co/G6RDkNybGg
— Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) November 23, 2023
– Big question.