The Bruins Model
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05-04-2011, 09:35 PM
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Thats more about Claude Julien
Julien is part of the Bruins model. His ability to run a system and integrate kids while getting an entire team to buy into his schemes is badly underrated by Bruins fans, much less the rest of the league.
Seguin is only 19 and didn't have a great year, and the 4th line was a strength of the team so breaking it up is ill-advised. Yeah you could probably find a couple guys you'd want to sit for him if you looked at individual players in a vacuum, but for the most part our lines are clicking in the playoffs, so we haven't really had an opportunity to need to think about playing the guy.
Also I agree with Julien that the kid is just a little too raw for playoff duty unless you're desperate which we aren't. I'd play Jordan Caron over Seguin personally, from an effort perspective if for no other reason.
As for the Bruins model, here's what I see Chiarelli going after in order of significance:
1: Dominant talent in net, as good as you can get
2: Great first pairing D
3: Depth at center. The Bruins exploded into relevance when Krejci joined Savard and Bergeron. Peverley (and Wheeler before the trade) provided adequate coverage of center after the Savard injury. And of course we have Seguin in development. The result is that while any one center isn't great, we're 4 men deep in centers that are good enough to play up a line (remember, Krejci was NOT Plan A as the first line center, that was Savard
4: High-effort forwards in general. Chia has drawn a fair bit of fire for things like preferring Krejci to Kessel and Peverley to Wheeler, but the results speak for themselves -- they've made the Bruins a lot better at transition, which is the key complement to a trap system to make it sufficiently dynamic to create good offense.
5: Puckmoving on D. This is an area Chia had to learn about the hard way. "God defense" isn't just about stopping the puck in the defensive zone. A trap system cannot be built with tanks in the middle pairings. You have to have players who can skate defensively if you fill your roster with guys who defend at wing. The result when done perfectly is 5 guys on the ice that play in all 3 zones. That's the reasoning behind ultimately swapping out Wideman, who was a nice puckmover but not very mobile, for ultimately Kaberle. It's also why the Bruins have Ference, who is an underrated B option as a puckmover and transition defenseman (at least when healthy) and why the Bruins had Kampfer featured so prominently in the Bruins pairings despite being a rookie defenseman before he got concussed.
Combine those 5 elements, and that's your key to success in modern hockey. Forwards who defend, defensemen who skate and chip in offensively, depth at center rather than obsessing about the top line, a good first pairing shutdown defenseman and all the goaltending smart money can buy.
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