you dont get better or learn anything sitting out. he needs to be on the ice as much as possible that will help him get his head straight. you dont break slumps by sitting out, all that leads to is thinking about the problem more and makes thing worse. yeah he is only 20, but i gaurantee this isnt the first slump he has been in. so absolutely not to healthy scratching him. now if his ankle is bothering him still that is a whole other story
if it is mental, it is considered a healthy scratch.
MANY SUPERSTAR PLAYERS get a healthy scratch when they are not playing well for long stretches to WATCH from the pressbox. it is a fact BOOM! it happens.
What superstars have you seen being healthy scratches in the last year or two? You do not take a YOUNG stud like Kane and sit him. You don't do that to a young guy who is obviously working his kinks out and it has started to show over the last few games. You don't need to sit in the press box to "gauge" positioning, they simply watch film and take it from there. This is a terrible idea and won't happen unless Kane is an unhealthy scratch.
Ultimately whether to scratch him or not comes down to what the coach feels he will benefit more from - playing through his mistakes or taking a break. But if a young player is maintaining the work ethic required in the NHL then let him work his way out of it - if mistakes are coming because of a lack of work ethic then sit him until he wants to put in the effort.
there is no chance that the Hawks healthy sctatch kane. maybe they cut his icetime a bunch or move him down to the third of fourth line. i dont think you risk making a superstar player upset with management and throw off the team chemistry. you dont get better at anything just watching, maybe other teams are starting to figure out ways in which to slow him down, if that is the case then responsibility falls on the coaching staff to make adjustments
Kane has said recently, like within the last week, that his ankle isn't 100%. He has looked better on this road trip he has been just half a second to late on a lot of plays that he usually makes. Long season, young guy. Use of the healthy scratch to send a message is a common practice at all levels of hockey. Not usually used for top line guys but it does get the point across. I don't think Kane is in a situation where a healthy scratch is going to help him mentally. Maybe a night off because of the leg but if he feels he can go he should go and work through it. If you are going to even mention a healthy scratch, look at Sharp first. He has been non-existant since before the winter Classic. I'm sure he can get it together but where the hell did he go? I think Seabrook is playing well for the most part. He is playing more defense this season since we have so many offensive D-men and I can appreciate that. DIdn't see the Vancouver game but i'm not going to judge anybody in one of the few butt whoopings we have taken this year.
Now that I agree with!
i kind of think that it maybe a physical which in turn is throwing off his mental game. i think once they come off this road trip and they get back to the UC kaner will start to find his way back on to the score sheet like we are used to. its only a matter of time before he picks it up again.
He needs a goal. Honestly.