Scott Mayfield is a pretty bright hockey player, but he's also smart enough to understand there are things he doesn't know. Like why, when he messed up a drill with the Youngstown Hounds of the United States Hockey League, his coach would yell at him.
Spending the spring working with a peewee team near his home in Webster Groves, Mo., has given Mayfield a whole new perspective on the player/coach dynamic.
"It's frustrating when kids mess up a drill you just put together and drew it up on the board," Mayfield told NHL.com. "We still do that in the USHL. We mess up drills all the time. Just kind of happens. Gives me a different light on hockey.
"It's hard when you sit there and draw up a drill for 20 minutes and then it takes another 30 for them to get it, but that's just how it is. … I think it only gets harder when you're dealing with 18- or 20-year-olds messing up drills."