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02-02-2013, 10:36 AM
Join Date: May 2011
What the **** was that? Absolutely zero offensive zone time. No scoring chances to speak of. We have no creativity or speed coming through the neutral zone. I think is a huge problem we have been dealing with for 4+ years. We don't have enough players that push the pace and get the defense on their heels. Koivu, Heatley, Granlund, Brodziak are all pretty slow and none have one on one dangling skills. Parise, Seto, and Cullen seem to have some speed but they understand how to make plays off of the rush and neither do their linemates.
We are pretty one dimensional offensively. Not to mention one line deep. The only way we gain scoring chances is by getting the puck down low in the offense zone then cycling and getting dirty goals. When is the last time you saw a nice passing play at even strength result in a goal? This is where are slower players are able to cycle and create chances. But like in tonights game when we can't establish the offensive zone time we aren't going to get any chances. Other teams might be able to survive a night like tonight because they have speed and the ability to pounce on turnovers and go the other way making plays off of the rush, we don't.
I think this lack of north south speed with the ability to finish is one of our greatest problems that can possibly be solved with our youth. Zucker is exactly the kind of player we need more of in our system. Whenever he is able to join the club he is going to be a huge help with our lack of speed through the neutral zone. This is what will get you clean zone entries and puck possession as well as goals off of the rush.
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