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06-15-2013, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by kthsn View Post
I think the NYR are a perfect fit for AV. Defense first approach with a questionable forward group is his forte.

Things AV does well:
- match lines
- hands off approach to the locker room (lets the players sort it out themselves)
- builds a culture of the hockey team being a family
- rewards grinders
- favours players who make "safe" plays (think plays off the boards, chip n chase)
- can shelter players very well
- handles/rides his #1s very well
- can handle the big markets (MTL, VAN, NYR?)
- lines go through a blender until chemistry is set (Sedins-Burrows have been a line for 5 years where as Kesler gets new linemates every season)

Critiques for AV
- doesn't make obvious adjustments until later, sometimes never at all (PP options)
- plays some players far too much, Pyatt was a former AV pet
- not a great motivator
- team doesn't give 100% every game or 60 minute efforts
- near the end the Canucks didn't play a 60 minute game until our last 2 playoff games. That's 2/50 games this season
- zero accountability for penalties taken
- rookies need to be able to play in the d-zone

Things to expect:
- safe plays will determine ice time
- troubling use of defensemen
- M. Staal to be relied upon heavily, MDZ will either be benched or play lots
- zone deployment (top 6 getting heavy o-zone starts, 3rd/4th line taking all the defensive draws)
- be prepared for bottom 6 players not to contribute on the scoresheet
- less blocked shots
- some players like Callahan to be used a lot. Dubinsky would've been an AV fav IMO
- some lines will be purely defensive

I think NYR will have a great season. AVs strength is getting a lot out of a weak skating group and relying on a Vezina goalie. If lines 1-4 win their matchups then you'll win, fix your bottom 6.

Ps. Do NOT sign Mason Raymond.
I see a lot of Torts in there. I really hope that there's a noticeable change in the way the team plays.

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