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08-19-2013, 09:22 AM
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How on earth have you not recognized that RNH was playing with a bum shoulder all of last season--and ever since he returned from injury in his rookie season?
Shockingly, that lingering injury affected his play.
Good thing you don't know what you're talking about!
Krueger implemented a 5v5 system last season that didn't work well. Our defencemen were playing man-to-man instead of zonally (what NHL team does this?!), our wingers played so high up on the points that they never helped the centres, and the centres had the absurd task of covering board-to-board rather than dot-to-dot.
Our breakouts involved throwing the puck up the ice to our wingers who were isolated from our other players, so we didn't have any decent puck support. The reason why you saw Gagner fly the zone early so often is so that there would actually be a body near the winger.
If Eakins implements a real 5v5 system that actually belongs in the NHL, then we'll see a huge improvement.
Great post. RNH has been playing with shoulder issues since Junior. Can't wait to see him 100% healthy. I believe he will turn out to be the best of the bunch.
Also can't wait to see the 5on5 systems(s) Eakins implements.
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