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03-18-2013, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Bort Sampson View Post
This is probably the one area of the game I'd really like to see him focus on during his early development.

One of the major problems I see with this Flyers team, and obviously I don't have the statistics to support it, is the lack of consistent offensive zone time. When you're in the offensive zone, you're wearing down the opposing defense, and by forcing defensive play, you're inherently preventing offensive presence by the opposing team. The Flyers' main offensive tactic seems to be transitional plays and rushes, which are no doubt fun to watch, but really have many problems when used as the sole offensive tactic.

If Laviolette could teach the young kids an offensive puck-possession game, his offensive system could really flourish. Couturier at a young age has demonstrated advanced defensive awareness in both zones. That's an asset to this system, though it appears not to be. I've always operated under the assumption that the center is essentially the third defenseman on the ice at all times. If the young centers could develop puck-possession in addition to defensive awareness in both zones, it would allow defenders to actually join the play in the offensive zone without (or minimizing) the risk of opposing counterattacks (which in my opinion is the second biggest defensive weakness on the team). Whereas other teams currently only have to hone in on the three forwards while maintaining eye-check defense on the points, the defensemen now become sneaky attackers able to jump into the play.

But yeah, from what I understand, Jagr's workout routine at a young age was absolutely phenomenal and focused on lower body and core strength. You see those abilities truly accentuated in players with strong puck-possession abilities. Crosby especially, who seems to have that "big ass" puck possession ability.

tl;dr: puck possession makes other teams tired, Flyers should get better at that, Jagr did lots of squats
It's been a long time since I've posted here. I just wanted to quote this post, because it's smart and awesome and correct.

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