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04-19-2013, 02:13 AM
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Panda Bear
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Of all our defencemen, I think it's Nick Schultz that's suffering the most from playing a man-on-man system where the wingers are too far away to provide puck support. The guy is the epitome of a defend-off-the-rush, pokechecking zonal defenceman.

His biggest weaknesses are: 1) physical play, which gets amplified when you plan to man-to-man; and 2) breakout passing, which gets amplified when your wingers play too faraway and your centre flies the zone too early trying to support the too-faraway wingers.

I'm not saying it's acceptable, but the system's not doing him any benefits. He looks fine until we get into our own zone (although he can get into problems because he's not decisive about when to pinch).

If Krueger and staff play a proper system (there's a great Derek Zona article on this), he'll go back to looking like a second-pairing defenceman instead of a third-pairing. I mean, Christ, all of our defencemen from last year look worse this year.

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