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02-03-2013, 07:44 PM
Join Date: May 2008
It is a huge relief this year to have gotten away from the contradictory system Martin installed. On the one hand The System was supposed to emphasize defense over offense and win 1-0 hockey games. On the other hand while Martin was in charge there were constant odd man rushes coming at Price. It was ridiculous, there was no pressure on the opposition but somehow the forwards were still caught up ice and Price was consistently left to face tough shots as the team failed to get back even though they had not actually gone forward. There have been some breakaways and 3 on 2s against this year but it has been pretty rare. This year there is actual puck possession and pressure, the things Martin talked about but that his system never produced. The defense is not getting constantly hammered, either, so there is some hope that, without Martin, they may actually stay healthy.
I had not thought about it, but it is also very refreshing to see players enter the doghouse, languish briefly, and EXIT the dog house. The last few coaches (Carbonneau, Martin, who cares about Cunneyworth) never cared if players improved, they would go with their initial read on a player and ignore any and all changes. Eller had some tough games, but he's looking good out there now. He was one of the few bright spots last year, a puck retrieval machine. He's tough, he hits, he has some skill, and he's starting to look (to me, a non-expert) like a good two way winger who goes to the net instead of a center who focuses on defense.
Galchenyuk looks great, too. He gets his points no matter how little ice time he has, just like in the World Juniors. Tied in 3rd for scoring with 12 minutes a game...
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