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11-05-2004, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyersFan10
In layman's terms, their offensive ability has been stifled in order to play in a system that doesn't utilize their natural talents. No creativity allowed in Hitch's system.
i'm not sure that is completely fair. Hitch's system stresses creativity, like all hockey systems do, we just gamble less as a team which means you aren't opening up the offense the other way. this team has been near the tops in the league in SOG under Hitch, and he's publicly spoken out that the team needs to be more willing to stay commited when in the offensive zone and NOT back out to play defense... can't really blame Hitch if his players are that conscious defensively that they aren't listening to him when he's harping about trying to score more goals.

it's a very harsh positioning oriented system, which means you have got to be able to play defense. that is the modern NHL, just the way it is. a team doesn't flourish without good defensive system, which makes players like Gagne, Kapanen, etc... that much more valuable. hopefully Richards turns into a player of that ilk, someone who can contribute both ways... that would make him an excellent draft pick.

in any event. you can never ever have too many centers. they are the greatest value position outside of goalie, MAYBE no. 1 defensemen, in hockey. especially under hitchcock the center is forced to play all over the ice and effects play all over as a byproduct. not to mention, don't be shocked if one of these guys gets bumped to wing, it happens. Gagne was a center prior to showing up in the orange and black.

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