All 5 of our guys are just sticking to the perimeter in the o-zone. No passing options anywhere. No one creating havoc in front of the net. Gaustad is the only one consistently winning battles down low.
...passing is this team's core problem. If we could just make good, solid passes that would surprisingly solve a few difficulties.
Definitely. Seems like our passers always take twice as long to think about a pass, and then when they do, the passes are soft or off the mark. Plus, guys are never in the right spot to receive a pass. Very little battling for ice space and shaking off defensive players to get open.
Part of the problem with this is our forwards are not winning battles down low and getting the puck back to the point. Defence are not free of blame though. Too many of their shots are getting blocked, missing the net, losing the puck at the line, turning over the puck when throwing the puck deep