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01-19-2013, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by molsonmuscle360 View Post
I almost get the idea that he's going with a system that you see predominantly in college basketball. Which is don't overcoach them at the offensive end, and keep the system at the defensive end. Basically how teams are running in basketball are if you run the defense right and get a stop, you don't have to run a set play the next time up the court (most players prefer a free form offense). Basically you reward the players on the offensive end for their defensive work.

That's just the vibe I've been getting from his interviews. And we all know from the last two years though, he runs a very structured power play and penalty kill. They run almost nothing but set plays on the powerplay.
You can't defer focusing on one end and just let the offensive players play like they care to. What we know of these young players is they overpursue, get caught deep, and give up oddman rushes. A system is concerted and involves what players do all over the ice. Buying into team D involves most of the actions you take on the ice and all over the ice. Otherwise you're caught behind the play a lot.

It doesn't matter what *system* you're playing in your own end if you're outnumbered on opposition rushes.

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