No NHL general manager will ever be able to assemble a roster of 20-plus men who all seamlessly mesh with the approach of the coaching staff. It is just a fact of hockey, the quintessential team sport that requires a vast conglomeration of diversely skilled individuals.
Still, that means there will be the occasional, inevitable case of a player who may have something worthwhile to offer, but also demonstrates a discrepancy with the system that must be harnessed with diligence.
Players with a stark shortcoming that contrasts their game with their coach’s philosophy can still have a place on that team. However, in order to garner and sustain a more satisfying role, they must be open to alteration in their own game.
Either that or they simply need to be utilized in a specific manner that exploits their strengths while not getting in the way of the system.
One or more of those descriptions apply to each of the following four players.