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06-16-2013, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by kthsn View Post
Yes he is.

He gets his defensemen to pinch in along the boards offensively to sustain pressure. During the beginning of the season the forward who's job is to cover the pinching D's point is often late. This is a big reason why the Canucks have bad starts to the season. Once the forwards learn how aggressive the D are the Rangers will become a very good possession team.

The above only happens when the forwards are talented enough to maintain a cycle. When the Canucks roster had little offensive players it was much safer hockey. Go past center ice and dump it in. 1-2-2 forecheck.

There was a meme during AVs earlier days about how AV would try and protect the 0-0 tie. In all seriousness if AV is leading after 2 periods its a guaranteed 2 points.

RE: breakouts. AV's system dictates that an outlet pass is the fastest zone exit. Some western teams employ a heavy forecheck which causes our retrieving dman to take a hit to make a play. Against bigger teams this usually causes injuries. Examples being Getzlaf on Hamhuis, multiple hits on Tanev, Salo being destroyed by half our conference. Dmen who can make a "bump back" hit get good highlights out of his system.

AV has a severe dislike for dmen skating the puck up. That's a large reason why Ballard was ineffective.

A lot of times against a heavy forecheck you'll see the first D take a hit and ring it behind the boards. The 2nd dman with proper forward support can make a nice outlet if he is a skilled puckmover. This quick transition kills teams and was something Ehrhoff was good at. Otherwise it's a chip off the boards which will make it a puck battle for forwards (Boston loves this).

AV's defensive system also stresses gap control. He doesn't really allow everyone to sag in but on the backcheck he needs his defensmen to maintain a certain amount of space. This also helped us clean up Luongo's atrocious rebound control when he first came over.
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