Claude Julien: The Sequel
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05-17-2013, 01:16 PM
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Claude gave the green light to Bart/Krug and DH last night, and deserves a ton of credit, probably making alot of the naysayers about him a touch quieter this morning.
There were lots of quotes from Julien yesterday talking about how he wanted to make sure those guys felt comfortable and how he wanted his staff to give them the green light and encourage them to play their game.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Julien doesn't play station to station because he's inflexible. He plays station to station because the Chara/McQuaid/Boychuk/Seidenberg/Ward/Hnidy/Stuart's of the world are incapable of doing anything else. They don't have the skating or puck skills to grab the puck, explode away from forecheckers, dangle through the trap and rush it up ice. This defense has been dominated by guys like that for years. Now, with Hamilton, Bartkowski and Krug there's a new skillset introduced to the mix and, for one night at least, it was a refreshing change.
While I get tired of the constant play it back to the other D system, I get it too, when you don`t have the horses to play up tempo, you can`t, well, he did last night, and to his credit, gave em all that light to go
I think another reason they use the points so much is because of how teams defend nowadays. With so many teams collapsing four guys on the slot, it becomes increasingly hard to penetrate those high percentage areas. The points, on the other hand, are always open. It's one of the reason offensive dmen (pmd's) have become so en vogue in the new NHL. When those guys can create offense (and not just stand still and drill it into shin pads) it opens up a whole new world of offensive possibilities.
There was a play last night, where Seguin went up the wall to Krug and then curled around the top of the circle and back toward the net. Krug faked toward the middle to shake his shot blocker and started skating down the wall. Then, when everyone braced for a shot, he floated a soft pass back to Seguin that just went over his stick. Man, if they connected on that play it would have been sick. And it's plays like that that we just aren't used to seeing around here.
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