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01-26-2013, 02:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Tender Rip View Post
And do the Sharks have players complimenting each other all over those PP units? I terms of roles, tendencies, handedness etc? Do they have a genuine PP QB? Do they have quality guys in front of the cage to screen?

For four years now I have said that a good/great PP is not about super stars. When our PP scores on a high percentage of their PPs (and they do), then yes... it is because we have a couple of flat out awesome players. But we don't have a full, functional PP unit much less two like the Sharks.

And no movement or PP design is going to change that.
If you can, take a look at their 4th goal against the oilers the other day, it was pretty remarkable, really representative of what they are trying to achieve when on the PP. Even on their 5on3s there's movement!

First unit was Thornton, Marleau, Pavelski, Boyle and Couture.
(won't comment on the second, sorry too lazy)
Pavelski and Boyle are right handed shot.

Boyle most likely at the point or left side.
Pavelski most likely around the crease.
Couture most likely on the left side or high slot.
Thornton most likely down the goal line on the right.
Marleau most likely on the right side or high slot.

but keep in mind that there's a lot of movement with player more often than not rotating, exchanging places, looking to create passing lanes, shooting lanes.

Thornton is obviously their set up man, Marleau more in a role of a shooter in the high slot a la Neal last year. Pavelski creating havoc in front of the keeper, Boyle quaterbacking the PP at the point. Couture giving some options. So you could say they are pretty complementary.

I guess they'd be a proficient unit, even if they were standing still, but add movement(not individually, in unison) and it's a whole higher level. They are moving so much, at one instance Boyle ended up around the net while Pavelski was covering for him at the point.

Unlike the Pens PP which is often overloading the right side, their unit pretty much spread out (even if the puck is obviously more often circulating on the right side)
Of course Boyle is a much better PP QB than Letang and the PKers actually have to respect his shot.

Montreal #1 PP from some years ago is proof than a great PP coach (Kirk Muller I think?) can make a great PP without superstars but with real complementarity between players (really good at their designated role mind you)
The objective being than the whole is greater than the sum of each parts.

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