Thread: Post-Game Talk: Oilers lose 3-0 ...Game Over
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03-24-2013, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Joey Moss View Post
You know why they think they've played great? Because that's what Ralph is telling them. Never have I been so frustrated with anyone coaching this team. His line decisions are just as bad as Renney's if not worse. His system is just pathetic and does not fit the style of our team. He is probably the only coach in the NHL that would want his team to keep playing good defense instead of going for a goal to tie a game.
Ralph's system is actually quite impressive - it's very similar to that preached by Julien/Hitchcock/Sutter in the way they coach their teams.

It's a system that can win you cups - but you need the right personnel to employ this system. We don't have it.

It requires guys that back-check as hard as they fore-check (Horcoff/MPS/RNH) - those willing to pressure teams into turnovers and create offensive chances off of opposition mistakes rather than over-commit on the rush and cherry-pick for breakaway passes.

Our top-6 is full of guys that look for such plays (Eberle/Hall/Gagner/Yakupov) - guys that don't have the upper-body strength to force turnovers using their bodies and strength, and instead are usually stuck chasing opposition players on the break-out.

Our bottom-6 is perhaps the worst in the league - Ryan Smyth is not an NHL player anymore - and Eric Belanger doesn't have the skillset to execute such a system.

Our defense is a big issue. Teams that rely on Kruger's system have guys that can quickly make a pass out of the zone. These teams are almost impossible to work the dump-and-chase against because they have mobile defensemen that beat opposition forwards to the puck, and quickly initiate the breakout from there either through a 1st pass of their own or a steadfast hand-off to their partner.

STL/BOS/LAK work this to a tee - they have structured breakouts that reliably work because their defensemen are capable of it.

Apart from Petry and Whitney, I don't know a single Oilers defenseman that's been able to adhere to a proper breakout philosophy.

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