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03-09-2013, 09:56 PM
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With Krueger, he is actually too good a motivator, where all the players bought in to him and take to heart what Krueger is telling them to do. Look at the totally failing high pressure defensive puck pursuit system, all the dman have been doing it consistently and have all been burnt badly. And they are still motivated to do it game after game!
I think it's not coincidental that Whitney hasn't been the worst defenseman in the last several games despite his skating problem. He looked to me like the only one that's actually hasn't been chasing the puck carrier blindly resulting in bad defensive positioning either because he isn't even quick enough to do it, or, he decided that he's not following the system and kind of play it conservatively.
The ones that got burned by this system the most are the ones that skates the best. And in this order of skating well and getting burnt more... Petry, N. Schultz, Smid, Potter, Fistric, Peckham. I left J. Schultz out because he's super quick and can effectively get in on the puck carrier or can recover after losing position.
Have a look at this next game.
You raise an interesting point. But I think its different than that. More to the point this org sometimes captures itself in its own *genius* and gets used to thinking patterned thoughts about what this org is good at. For instance for years thinking that this is somehow an org that could take in and resurrect projects because Sather was able to do it with guys like Joe Murphy, Petr Klima(and the org has had little luck or acumen in this regard since.
But back to the D, more likely, as I've stated that the Oilers have still lazily figured they still have guys that are solid PMD. They got used to the idea of being rich in this regard. For instance 09-09. Souray 53pts, Gilbert 45pts, Grebs 39pts, Visnovsky 31pts in 50GP,
The org simply got used to thinking that it can milk D pinches because it had an arsenal of people to do just that. Even though they got rid of all those people they think they can still pinch successfully and run big jump numbers. WE have one guy now thats doing this. We had 4 before that were accomplished at it and doing it in their sleep.
It should make anybody sick that Laddy was a 6D that year and a few years later he's arguably our best.
**** this team.
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