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11-28-2012, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Oates2Neely View Post
Nobody is debating wether or not Backstrom is elite, everybody agrees he is.

The debate is wether he would maintain his point totals in a defensive system. It's been 2 years since Backstrom broke 70 points, is that a coincidence that thats when Washington switched from "agressive" offense, to a more restricted offense? No, clearly Backstrom struggled with the adjustment as his points show. As did Ovechkin.

There's no telling what Oates will impliment this season, most likely he will let Backstrom & Ovechkin roam freely & use their offensive talents.
Yes. His points dropped off because he had a broken thumb and a concussion. When he was healthy and used to the scheme his production returned to normal despite the scheme. How are you not getting this?

Originally Posted by Killer B View Post
Am I missing something? Washington was a run & gun team until Hunter took over as coach, right?
No. As I and several other Caps fans have said in this very thread, Boudreau switched to a defensive system during our 8 game losing streak in December of 2010. It wasn't as extreme as Hunter's system, but it did have a dramatic effect on the Caps' offensive production as a whole. The Caps were scoring at a 3.46 GPG rate prior to that losing streak, and dropped to a 2.30 the rest of the way.

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