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07-09-2013, 12:58 PM
Join Date: Dec 2007
1- Emphasis on the defense as an offensive weapon. Using the points to reset in the offensive zone. Using the defense as a second wave on the attack. Players like McDonagh, Moore, and Stralman used to join and lead the attack because of their skating.
2- Quicker transitions and more effective breakouts.
3- Better man to man defensive zone coverage. Tortorella left the point exposed and the opposition and its defenders took advantage.
4- More consistent forecheck.
5- More emphasis on puck possession.
6- Zone starts. Offensive guys like Stepan, Brassard, Nash, Richards will start more shifts in the offensive zone. Whereas guys like Moore and Boyle (if he isn't traded) will start more of their shifts in the defensive zone.
7- More aggressive neutral zone play.
The nuances we will have to wait and see. But in a broad sense, I'd expect to see those things follow Vigneault.
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