I see it time and time again. We get the puck, there's open forwards in the neutral zone, but where does the puck go? Back to the defence. Every time; and because it is every time, we all know this is the system -- and it doesn't work!
This game against the Hawks isn't the reason I post this, because it's been bothering me all season long, but it's a real eye opener perhaps to those who may otherwise have missed my point. Did you see the odd man rushes the Hawks got? Every one of them dangerous. We're lucky Schneider put up some good saves in these situations... anywho, my point is: why aren't the Canucks doing any of this? At all!
The Canucks are so fast, and we have plenty of skill. However, our system is holding back our players. The personnel we have available should be using their skills instead of ignoring them to play a system that not only is vanilla, and basic (and our only one), but plain not good in the first place.
The coach really needs to get off his arse and start thinking for once in his career. His coin-flip goalie "controversy" and pulling names out of a hat for line choices (not SO bad this year) are not thinking, despite what he may believe. These players are not being used properly because of the system.
Am I missing something, or has our system completely fallen apart under our noses? This can't be a failure of execution, because the Canucks don't even try.
This isn't limited to 5-on-5, either. The dump-and-change mentality makes what used to be a frightening penalty kill into a matter of patience. With our speed, our penalty killers should be able to break out shorthanded like we see so often against ourselves. But instead, AV hoots like an owl from the bench and the players skate off the ice.
Thanks for reading. Discuss.
Edited by Joe_Shmo, 20 February 2013 - 09:34 AM.