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04-07-2013, 08:22 PM
3rd Guy High
Join Date: Feb 2010
Just went back and looked at some of the earlier posts in this thread.
This kid does not have low hockey IQ. In the offensive zone at least. Havent seen enough of his play away from the puck to really make a judgement on the defensive side and to be honest, I'm not really worried about that with Torts here. He will be molded to be a better defensive player, thats tort's M.O.
It's more a confidence thing with Brassard from everything I've heard and seen so far. When his confidence is there, he goes out there and plays on instinct. Thats how those behind the back and between the legs passes happened in the game against the Penguins. He has the confidence to push the defenders back on the powerplay and open up the space to make a behind the back pass to Richards, leading to a goal. Pushing defenders back like that is a High IQ play, but it's having the confidence out there to make a play like that that puts it all together and makes something happen.
Without confidence, you second guess yourself and make a pass 1/4th second slower, or don't make it at all. That's why you see players that go into massive slumps like Richards and even Stepan to a certain extent did earlier this season. Especially players that thrive on their high hockey IQ. It's also why you see some players that are wildly inconsistent. Now the question is whether or not Brassards lack of confidence over the years can be partially attributed to something in Columbus, and also if a change of scenery and the idea of playing in a big city infront of passionate fans can help his confidence. Seeing empty seats in the building every night isnt exactly a confidence booster.
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