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11-27-2012, 12:34 PM
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You know... I'm as big a PRV fan as nearly anyone (my fiance has his jersey and I'm not a jealous guy
But it does seem to me like he takes more long range, perimeter shots than most guys. And I've not put my finger on why, but here are a few things I've noticed and perhaps there is a pattern to be made:
i) I've noticed that PRV seems to be the guy to carry the puck in the zone alot. Then he's in there, ahead of the play with little help to be found. I find I can't criticize the shot on net cuz he's always 1 against 2 or 1 against 1 with two guys covering his trailing teammates. Perhaps he needs to jam on the breaks and wait, or drive the middle hard then curl into safety before dishing?
ii) he's a battler who can win a puck... but he never has it for long. Didn't he play any soccer? We need Smytty to teach him how to protect the puck until help arrives. He's getting there, but perhaps b/c he's good on the forecheck, or just trying to force himself free too early, but the puck always goes the other way *just* a moment too soon.
iii) Is it me or is he always that guy taking a shot against two defenders while his teammates have already curled off for a change? Perhaps because of ii), they just spent an exhausting, multiple dispossession/repossession, shift in their own zone?
iv) I keep hearing PRV shifts possession from D-zone to O-zone, a strong trait to have, but would he still get credit with the puck in the goalie's chest? Perhaps if he did more of what's described in (i) his advanced stat numbers would go down, but the *quality* of those new possessions in the O-zone would go up, cuz he'd gain some support instead of forcing the first opportunity to shoot it as an avoidance tactic for losing the puck altogether?
Overall, I hate to say it, but he just seems to lack puck-poise. When have you ever seen him transition seemlessly to a little curl backwards while he surveys the land?
Ever played soccer with a guy who's only move is to beat a defender wide and hammer a cross into the goal area? How often did that work out?
Someone needs to teach him how to put his foot on the ball.
Funny you should say this, as it's actually a great play.
Thing is, you need to have support in the box for this work (or slot for hockey).
Nothing more terrifying for a goalie than facing a low, hard, driven cross that has the chance to either deflect off your own defenseman and in or end up on the opposing striker or supporting mids foot.
So what you mentioned is a great play that creates a scoring chance, but is relying on the player making that play to have support in a dangerous area to work.
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Magnus does not have the best hands in tight on goalies either. He usually just shovels the puck towards his pads and hopes it will find a hole somewhere.
Magnus hands are under rated. He's pulled off some pretty nice stuff in the Oilers skills comps and AHL shoot outs.
On more edit: I think the worst thing MPS ever did was score a hat trick in his first pre season NHL game
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