“I'm a real pressure guy. I don't think you win at this game without pressuring. And I'm a guy that really believes you've got to play a 200-foot game and it's a speed game today. And it's not only your forecheck speed, it's your backcheck speed, it's your skating speed, it's your transition speed and it's your intellectual speed. I think if you can play a speed game, you can have success. But you've got to have some structure within that speed game. That's, I think, what Dale's really trying to implement here is give these guys some structure when we don't have the puck because we know what kind of skill we have when we have the puck. It's getting it back as soon as we can and spending less time in our own end."
I see the Caps improved their PK in the playoffs, so that seems encouraging.
I'm not sure, but everything defensive got better over the year. Holtby got a lot of credit in the playoffs, but JJ did a great job with the D. Unfortunately, Dale Hunter neutered the Offense so JJ's work on D went without much help up front.
Because Nash/Semin are fairly quick player (Semin being fast) and Thornton is a relatively good skater, we can survive with just an above average skater on the RW (Pavelski would be bare minimum). Doan or Mueller would be good options as well.
Second line needs 'fast' players on both wings to counter Couture's skating, and I think Marleau is the best fit there on the LW.