Thread: Player Discussion: Derek Stepan
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02-01-2013, 08:20 PM
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Also, with a mental case like Step, I think he's trying to do too much and missing on all the basic stuff. He's skillful, fast and strong enough to compete at the NHL level. He definitely has enough hockey sense and play making skills to make an impact. All of that is lost in translation.

The entire team needs more movement in the offensive zone. The two plays on the PP where Nash moved to the inside resulted in a rare PPG as well as a rare quality SOG. Step has the strength and the hands to emulate Nash and he doesn't have a bad wrist shot either. The lack of movement in the offensive zone by the entire team is really ****ing with all the forward's ability to find opportunities. Quality chances just aren't there. When the opposing team is inferior and playing a bad game, we don't have to always fall back to defend and we are playing better and getting to pucks more and winning board battles. The dump and chase works when we're outplaying the opposition as with Toronto. When we're slow and underwhelming though, it's game suicide.

When you have enough skillful players on the team and a solid core of grinders that can dump and chase and battle along the boards AND you have a solid defense and an elite goaltender, you should stop dumping and chasing as the go to strategy. What's wrong with puck possession and zone entry where players can have time and space. Torts needs to rework his thought process or else this team will continue to suffer.

That is partially the reason why coaches are fired. They stick to a system that once worked but fails to be effective for the current team. Feds and Prust were quick to the puck, battles hard for the puck and they are quick to get the puck to a spot where the scorers can carry on. Mitchell is good at entering the zone and just holding on to the puck and the defense backs off more often because he's Johnny Malkin. With the current team including how badly Rupp is playing, we're going to win a lot less of those battles and lose a lot of that form of offense generating this year.

There's a difference between grind and gain possession/take aways and grinding grinding and grinding some more.

Torts needs to trust his forwards a bit more. The rigidity of the Torts system is boxing a lot of offensive talent in. Mike Sullivan doesn't know how to generate offense with a fully automatic machine gun.


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