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02-05-2013, 02:07 PM
Kass Attack
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Originally Posted by Captain Smurf View Post
Our team system right now is based on speed. Clowe really doesn't have the footspeed to fit into our top -6.

We have plenty of tough players, I really don't see the need for a heavyweight. Guys like Moen, Prust and Emelin do a good job of keeping the other team honest. Our team is built to make teams pay on the PP, not through physical retribution.
No it's not. It's based on two men forecheck and smart positioning/pressure. We're not beating teams with our speed, but with our relentless forecheck and by making it difficult for them to get out of their zone. We're also scoring lots of goals because we provoke mistakes with our pressure.

Clowe is far from being the fastest player out there, but a guy with his abilities with or without the puck, with or without his gloves, can always find a spot in one team's lineup. As for building a team that makes the opponents pay on the PP, our 5 on 5 stats seem to disagree with that premise, and Habs fans should have a good idea of how it doesn't work in the long run.

As for needing quick players on their feet... Our team is, once again, built on the forecheck. Gionta might be quick as hell, he's the most pathetic forechecker of the team. Being a great forechecker and a great skater isn't the same. One doesn't come with the other.

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