Thread: Speculation: Mark Fraser future shutdown D?
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02-11-2013, 11:15 PM
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If you understand the coaching differences you're looking at with Carlyle compared to Wilson, you probably realize that these AHL call-ups aren't just suddenly a lot better than they looked in the past. Their forwards are making their jobs much easier with close support. Under Wilson the forwards would often take off up the ice while the defenseman still had the puck under pressure. This is going to make a lot of pretty decent defensemen look like they're handling a live grenade. If at any time in their own zone a defenseman recovering the puck under pressure doesnt have an easy pass option, there is a coaching problem.

That, and the fact that Carlyle isn't sending these guys down or scratching them after one poor showing. They're getting a chance to improve in the NHL now.

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