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11-18-2011, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Herby View Post
Where does what come from?

The guy clearly favors veteran players over younger players. How else can you explain how much icetime guys like Moreau and Stoll get, especially on the PP. Loktionov should clearly be on the PP over both guys.
Murray has shown he's willing to give the youngsters important minutes over the years ... Clifford, Simmonds, Doughty.

He matched up the youngsters last night against the best the Ducks had to offer.

And while we're singing the youngsters praises -- which are well deserved -- let's not overlook the bobbles. Loktionov occasionally looked out of place when the Ducks got on the cycle (eh, so did everyone else) and committed a tough turnover right at the Kings' blue line which lead to more Ducks zone time and a scoring chance. Voynov got himself into trouble a couple three times, too. It happens. Murray still gave them the minutes.

As for Loktionov not playing on the Power Play; yeah, that seems odd.

But let's give the coach the benefit of the doubt -- after all he has coached 1000+ NHL games -- and ask why he might make that decision.

The first unit is producing well, so there's no room for Loktionov there.

On the second unit the team has got Stoll and Voynov/Martinez (iirc) on the points, with Moreau/Hunter, Williams and Gagne up front.

Williams, Gagne, and Voynov/Martinez aren't going anywhere. That leaves Moreau/Hunter and Stoll.

Can Loktionov play the point and win faceoffs? Better than the current option does?

Can he stand in front of the crease and screen/deflect/recover pucks? Better than the current options do?

Probably not.

So in order to get Loktionov into the mix, they'd need to restructure the personnel (if you trade out Stoll, you need another D on the point. Do you split up Doughty and JJ? Do you give Mitchell more minutes?) and/or restructure the system (take away Moreau/Hunter and you probably don't ask Williams or Gagne to go to the crease since that wastes their talents and now you've got a new look for everyone to figure out and adjust to).

So it's more than just swapping Loktionov in for one or the other underperforming guys. And maybe it explains why we haven't seen him there yet.

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