For assistant coach Todd Alexander, the leadership group needs to step up to the plate and do their part in holding their teammates accountable on the ice as there isn’t much the coaches can do to make players compete harder.
“I think it just comes down to being competitive, each individual on our team and we’re not seeing that by the guys. That’s not something the coaching staff is responsible for doing,” he explained. “That’s your leadership group. I know that some of our leaders are brand new this year. That doesn’t mean they don’t know how to lead but they definitely need to stop up and grab this group by the horns and lead the way that they need to lead.”
It’s up to everybody to dig in and try and correct the course of the team Alexander said, and if that happens he’s confident that the team’s fortunes will change.
“At the end of the day we just have to be better, period. Everybody from the coaching staff to the players have got to step it up here. If we don’t know something we need to learn it and work hard at it until we do get it. Once we do I think that we’ll really get it all together and get on a bit of a roll here,” he stated.
One bit of good news emerging from practice was the return of Jordan Gies on the ice. Gies hasn’t laced up this season because of a broken hand but his return is a welcome one after registering 38 points in 30 games last season.
“He’s one of those guys that doesn’t wear a letter on his jersey but he’s definitely a leader in the dressing room. He’s a 21 year old so he’s important to us that way as we’re a pretty young team. Gies brings a lot of things to the table that we really like and energy is one of those things he brings each and every night. That’s something that we’re missing right now and we could definitely use that in our lineup.
The Huskies are off the ice in terms of game action for the next while. Their next tilt will be on October 17 for their home opener against the Fairview Flyers.