Chat with Calgary Flames rising-star blueliner TJ Brodie, and you get the sense he’s the biggest critic of his own play.
Chat with his head coach, Bob Hartley, and he’ll tell you the 23-year-old defenceman might not be asking enough from himself.
Might not even realize how sky-high his expectations could and should be.
“What he has to learn is that he’s going to get better. He doesn’t know how good he is,” Hartley said prior to Sunday’s fan fest at the Saddledome. “I think that he has to create higher expectations for himself and, at the same time, to believe that he can be a real good defenceman in this league. He can be a top defenceman in this league, and it’s our job to get this out of him.”
That’s certainly not a bad problem to have.
“I’ve coached many players that, with maturity, they grow into a role and suddenly their career takes off,” Hartley said. “With TJ, with our situation over here with a bunch of young players, I think that the quicker that he’ll realize th