Cole/DD - New System, Lower Production?
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06-28-2012, 09:10 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
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That line was the only line who didn't use the dump and chase that much. They could drift away from the system because of their consistent production.
Cole got most of his goal coming off the rush and skating past defenders cutting to the net. Desharnais is good with the puck and you often see him gain the zone by himself. Pacioretty often feeds off that and plays similar to Cole.
So no, I don't think the new system will doom our scoring line. One thing that is obvious is that they'll garner much more attention from the opponents, so I do expect them to have a harder time to do what they did last year, specially Desharnais.
That line used the dump and chase all the time. Cole and Pacioretty are perfect for this as they are both big and very fast. Pacioretty used a cross ice dump into Cole's side where Cole could get the puck off of the boards. Once they had possession they would look for Desharnais who could then work his magic. Many of Cole's breakaways and net drives came from high dumps where he could go around the defender and retrieve the puck above the circles.
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