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01-18-2013, 07:26 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: London Ontario
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You seem to know a lot about the program. What would you consider Stolarz flaws? He seems mobile for a big guy -- he looked huge in net at prospect camp, seemed a hair stiff and was average at tracking the puck in front -- does Bill Dark know how to handle bigger netminders? Or is this a bad question?
I've been in London for nearly seven years now and have probably watched 300+ Knights games. I know Charlie Girl isn't a fan of the Knights program, but the Hunter brothers have been very successful with regards to putting their program in place in London. It's a very high pressure offensive system (similar to what the Flyers use), but there's also a very heavy emphasis on solid positional two-way play and EVERYBODY has to know how to back check or they don't see ice time.
As for Stolarz, there's quite a bit to like about him. First and foremost, his size is an asset. He covers a lot of net and he's very athletic. He can drop into the butterfly very quickly and gets back up with no problems as all. He's got a very good glovehand and his lateral movement is fantastic. He moves from post to post very quickly. He's also very smart and cerebral. That though can lead to trouble because when play in front gets hectic, he can sometimes lose focus because he's too concentrated on what's going on in front of him and he loses sight of the puck. He's also prone to giving up big rebounds.
Bill Dark has already said that Stolarz's flaws are very correctable and that the more playing time Stolarz receives, he'll be able to correct those flaws. London is the best thing to happen to Stolarz because he's effectively the number one guy here. London really wanted him to start the year and now they're going to get him for two years (there's a belief that the Flyers will allow him to stay as an overager to continue to work with Bill Dark). Stolarz is really going to get an opportunity to work with excellent coaches and really help bring his game to the forefront.
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