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GAME #9 - Canucks 3 @ Oilers 2 - Mancrush on Chris Manev
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02-05-2013, 02:09 PM
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I've seen a couple criticisms of Schroeder's play and frankly that surprises me. From my seat he's been pretty great early this season, especially considering most of our other centres (Henrik included) took the first few games off. Thought he had another solid night at both ends of the ice, and his assist was all hard work down low (something we've been worried he wouldn't be able to handle at this level). In fact, Schroeder's play along the boards has really impressed me generally considering his size. He needs to settle down around the net, but I think that will come with time. He's pretty much where Hodgson was to start the season last year.
The criticism of Schroeder is that he is just "solid", while people expect him to be better than solid offensively. It's all about the offense. He kind of needs to get better there, I'll admit, but right now it's just about sticking. Later on, the pressure to put points up will increase. That's when we'll know what we have in the here and now.
As a rookie skater, he's doing just fine to my eye. Just need a little bit more on offense.
We definitely need to look at other ways to use our players on the PP. I don't think we're utilizing the fact we have two bombs from the point (Edler/Garrison) very well. Maybe move those two guys off the top unit and make it more of a puck-moving group, and have the second unit become more of a shoot-first group focused on getting Edler/Garrison opportunities from the point? I dunno ... something needs to be done.
Here's what I propose: Umbrella formation with only 1 Dman at the point. Kind of like what the Ducks did with Pronger. Edler on the 1st unit, Garrison on the 2nd.
Fact is, this team is missing a PP QB still. So I propose they run with 4 forwards on each unit, when everyone's healthy. Might as well get more offensive thinkers out there. Kesler replaces Hamhuis on the 1st PP unit. Somebody else replaces Bieksa on the second unit. Put opposite handed shooters at each wall. One net presence, and one rover behind the net (Henrik on the 1st unit PP).
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