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06-06-2012, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by PocketNines View Post
You often cite the importance of different systems teams use. When you look at how Stewart produced all those goals in Colorado (and initially in '11 after the trade), you see two things really stand out. First, you see him fly the zone a little early, catch a pass, rocket a slapshot on an odd man rush coming down right wing. Lots of that. Hitchcock won't play him if he flies the zone here. Second, you see him cleaning up rebounds on the power play, either tipping shots in from the crease or standing on the far doorstep waiting to put home rebounds. Hitchcock was eventually forced to remove him from the PP entirely because he wasn't producing anything.

So, how exactly is he going to get back to his old numbers?
By becoming more of a traditional PF, which his off-season workout regime should help with. Backes and Arnott both scored the majority of their goals by planting their big butts in front of the goalie. Stewart wasn't able to do that in this system because he was consistently a step behind the rest of the play. If he really does get his conditioning level up to where he can keep pace with the rest of the team, he will be able to crash the net like Backes does; and Stewart has already proven that he is just as good, if not better than Backes in front of the net. If the goals are coming for Stewart, the rest of his points will also.

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