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‘I’ve been digging a hole’: Huberdeau responds to benching vs. Isles

Jan 16, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT

Jonathan Huberdeau AP

Reigning Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau was parked for the final 17:22 of Florida’s 4-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday, and acknowledged he saw the move coming.

“I understood why [head coach Peter Horachek] didn’t want me on the ice,” Huberdeau said, per the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “It’s a learning process.

“I’ve been digging a hole, being negative all the time. I just need to keep positive. It’s good that the team is winning.”

Huberdeau, goalless in his last 14 games, had a rough outing against New York, taking a pair of penalties and turning over a puck that led to Thomas Vanek‘s third-period marker.

The 20-year-old center is suffering through a sophomore slump, and his production has fallen off considerably. He won the Calder on the strength of 31 points through the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign but, with just 17 points through 44 games this year, is on pace for 31 again this season — over an 82-game schedule, not 48.

Horachek said the only way Huberdeau was going to see more minutes was through added effort.

“[Huberdeau's] time is earned, right now he’s going through a tough time,” he explained. “We’re asking him to work harder because he’s feeling the pressure of not scoring.”

  1. ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    don’t worry kid, we’ve all been there, whether hockey related or not.

  2. toiletclown - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    yea blue collar sure does know about rough times

    • ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      says a guy named toiletclown.

      • toiletclown - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        those pens sure are good arent they

      • ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        wtf does that have to do with anything?

      • toiletclown - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        it means they are on their way to their 4th cup

  3. rainyday56 - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Mctavish should trade for him. Lol

  4. stonebullet - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    I feel Horachek’s pain. Kids stats kill me in the face-off circle in NHL ’14 on Xbox, haha. I won’t quit on ya Jon! Kids got a bright future in this league.

    • stepanup - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Kid’s killing me as a Fleischman fantasy owner.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        man, PHT needs to incorporate a fantasy talk section of the comments too. I always wanna talk fantasy, but people here tend to not appreciate it. I HAVE $250 TO WIN, PHT! Get with it.

      • toiletclown - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        your such a homer you probably drafted all of the flygirls and are in last place

      • ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        god damn dude, how are you so good at being wrong?

      • toiletclown - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        admit it, you have giroux fartsmell and simmonds on your team

      • ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        i have Mason and Streit, and I didn’t even draft them.

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