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Nilsson plays great for Sweden, not so much for Vancouver

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26 minutes ago, NUCKER67 said:

Nilsson plays great for Sweden, not so much for Vancouver

Proof that hockey is a team game....Team Sweden is a better team than the Canucks (Canucks are a bad team)....can't have one without the other (i.e., need a good goalie to have a good team and need a good team to have a good goalie). Without both of these on the team, the team struggles. 

This is a good example of Nilsson proving he is a good goaltender.

 

Team Canada's goalies, on the other hand, were mediocre at best, the reason why Canada did not medal. If they had better goaltending, they would have been playing for gold.

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6 hours ago, Pete M said:

Congrats to Nilsson on winning gold and being named to the tournament all-star team. 

 

Proof is in the pudding...Nilsson is a good goalie and therefore, our "D" sucks. Too many fire drills in our own end and unable to make the first pass.

 

On the other hand, Sweden's "D" made the first pass and limited the fire drills by moving the puck (making the first pass) and skating it out on the rush.Very mobile "D" and physical when need be.

 

Making the first pass is so important in the game of hockey.

 

Agree that Cloutier needs to go and bring in a Swedish goalie coach to work with the two Swedes.

While that may or may not be true, Nilsson was a fundamentally different goalie at the world's than he was during the Vancouver regular season.   He was quoted a couple of times as saying he made "adjustments" but if you watch some footage from Canuck season, he follows puck with his head but NOT his body and instead relies upon reflexes which can make one overcompensate.   At the world's, he had his body follow his head so he was consistently square with the shooters.   Probably one of the best examples of direct compare is the shootout he took in NHL this year versus the Gold Medal shootout.   The difference is dramatic in how he squares and keeps his shoulders perpendicular to a straight line to the puck.   For a big goalie, this can be key else you are a rebound machine and often will not have your short-side well covered.    

 

Instead of questioning the Canuck defense (a group that when the top four were actually all in the lineup, the team SV%, GAA and even winning % were dramatically better than season averages...in fact points pace was close to playoffs +/- a couple of points), I think Canuck fans should wonder about goalie coaching to some degree.   

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21 hours ago, Rob_Zepp said:

While that may or may not be true, Nilsson was a fundamentally different goalie at the world's than he was during the Vancouver regular season.   He was quoted a couple of times as saying he made "adjustments" but if you watch some footage from Canuck season, he follows puck with his head but NOT his body and instead relies upon reflexes which can make one overcompensate.   At the world's, he had his body follow his head so he was consistently square with the shooters.   Probably one of the best examples of direct compare is the shootout he took in NHL this year versus the Gold Medal shootout.   The difference is dramatic in how he squares and keeps his shoulders perpendicular to a straight line to the puck.   For a big goalie, this can be key else you are a rebound machine and often will not have your short-side well covered.    

 

Instead of questioning the Canuck defense (a group that when the top four were actually all in the lineup, the team SV%, GAA and even winning % were dramatically better than season averages...in fact points pace was close to playoffs +/- a couple of points), I think Canuck fans should wonder about goalie coaching to some degree.   

It is written, so it shall be...it is worrisome.

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On 2018-05-24 at 1:15 PM, Pete M said:

It is written, so it shall be...it is worrisome.

It's been worrisome since we lost Rollie Melanson 

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I'm fine if they keep him, but he may have gained some value due to the world's, so if they feel he needs a fresh start he might just be worth something, especially as part of a package.

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2 hours ago, aliboy said:

I'm fine if they keep him, but he may have gained some value due to the world's, so if they feel he needs a fresh start he might just be worth something, especially as part of a package.

I still hope they trade him and bring Demko up as backup. I have no idea if that has been considered by Benning and Green.

 

Demko is 23 years old and proved himself in the AHL last season...is there any reason why he cannot be our backup this year?

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On 5/23/2018 at 9:12 PM, NUCKER67 said:

Nilsson plays great for Sweden, not so much for Vancouver

Or maybe he's just average. His numbers with other NHL clubs are also pretty below average.

Maybe he knew he was playing small sample set of games so he decided to give 110% so he doesn't lose his spot to Demko? 

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9 hours ago, iinatcc said:

Or maybe he's just average. His numbers with other NHL clubs are also pretty below average.

Maybe he knew he was playing small sample set of games so he decided to give 110% so he doesn't lose his spot to Demko? 

Or just maybe the D-corp or systems sweden employed were a step up from ours, making him look that much better.

 

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