Thread: Confirmed with Link: Isles claim Thomas Hickey (D) off Waivers
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03-11-2013, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by kasper11 View Post
It isn't just the defensemen, the forwards on this team (other than a handful) are lost in the defensive zone and there is no system. Part of this is on Capuono. The rest is on Wang/Snow.

You can get by without physical dmen if everyone is in the right position and the puck gets out of the zone quickly. The Red Wings have not had a lot of big hitters on their d but are very successful. When the Penguins won, they had Orpik and no other physical dmen, but instead guys like Eaton and Scuderi who were sound positionally. Same with New Jersey last year. They made the finals with Volchenkov being the only big, physical dman.

The problem is, if you aren't going to be physical and take players out, you need to be in the right place at all times. The Isles are completely undisciplined in their own zone, forwards and defensemen. Nobody knows where they are supposed to be. When they do get the puck, they can't clear it. Simply put, they are a mess in their own zone. It isn't from not being physical enough, it is from not being good enough.
that's probably more on brent thompson than anyone... right?

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