Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/10/13 at 05:58 PM ET
from Ryan Dittrick of EdmontonOilers.com,
In order to win and become a perennial Stanley Cup contender, it takes a total team effort to succeed.
On the development side, Dallas Eakins says, it's up to the coach and 23 individuals to maximize their potential for the greater good.
"I don't coach a team, I coach individuals. It's important to remember that," Eakins said after he was named the 12th head coach in Oilers history Monday afternoon. "I like to treat all my players the same when it comes to work ethic and discipline, but they're all wired differently.
"You've got to get to know them, inside and out. I need to learn out what triggers them, what motivates them and look under every stone to see what makes them tick. There's a lot of motivation for players in this game. Some want to carry the load for their team and others want to make their parents proud.
"I've got 23 new players that I've got to get to know and find all that out."
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