Work ethic makes Wheeler worth it

The missed open nets, the offsides calls and the lengthy stretches of goal-less games tend to stand out with Wheeler more than the big-time performances the way we all remember the cornerback’s one missed coverage or the outfielder’s one dropped fly ball. For every mistakes he makes, Wheeler spends at least one extra minute on the ice after practices shooting pucks and talking to the coaches. He’s so hard on himself, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out he was one of those radio callers and email senders with awful things to say about his game.

It’s easier to complain than appreciate sometimes. Wheeler might not earn more adulation in 2010-11, but we know he’s going to attempt to earn everyone’s love with all he’s got.

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