coolboarder Posted November 9, 2015 Share Posted November 9, 2015 After watching them blowing 3rd period leads or lose a last-minute goal. Also, PP is non-existence and allowed a SH goal. Majority of those mistakes are made by veterans. Rookies did make a few mistakes but they learned fast. Some untimely penalties made by veterans. The team is literally carrying by the rookies so far in this young season, it's not even funny anymore. Yes, the team has a good mixture of rookies and veterans but one thing stood out for me is that the veterans is costing us a few games so far by some careless play made by veterans, not the rookies. Surprise, surprise, rookies have not costed us a game so far. This is the reason why Miller called out yesterday and when I heard that, it's about time for the management to do something with the veterans. Without the play by the rookies, the Canucks will not be the 2nd place in the division at this point of the year. To fix this, bold moves are needed to keep their head above the waters. I am just a fan but I could see some moves need to be made. I would suggest a few areas, named defence, powerplay, 5 on 5 play, and discipline:Defence:- To shore up the defence, promote Hutton to the top 4 and allow him to play PP1 unit. Demote Edler out of PP1 and play with PP2 units. - I would trade a veteran forward for a veteran defenseman is what I would do. We have plenty of young players stepping up so far this year. That is the only way to improve a defense corps. There are no other option to shore up. We have guys in minors ready to step up, guys such as Gaunce, Kenins and Shinkaruk waiting for a call-up. Shinkaruk could join the team mid-season or after the trade deadline if he keeps up racking up the points in the AHL. So the veterans on this team are redundant because we have someone in the system doing the same role and their play is effective and the veterans are not effective on their role anymore.- Promote Biega and drop Weber. Weber has nothing to contribute to the team except for his shot and his shot is not good this year so far. Weber is not dangerous and I would waive him for Biega. I would shed some defenseman veterans if possible. Edler is a keeper but belongs to the second pairing of the corp. Biega is a better player than Weber or Sbisa and deserve a few games and see if he can keep it up and climb up the depth chart over Weber, Sbisa, Bart and demote Hamhuis as I see he has lost a step so far. Maybe an injury that is not known to us could linger in Hamhuis' play. This is my speculation.Powerplay:- Split up the Sedin on the powerplay but keep them together on 5 on 5. For a good reason, Daniel is not a shooter anymore and he was not the same after 2012 season. The PP used to be in top 5 in the league but now, they are not anymore. So to Sedins can be split up for PP, giving them the half-board, control the puck and have some snipers on both units, Vrbata and McCann. Virtenan can provide a presence in the net. They have had 5 minute major and that's the game. This tells us that it is time to shake up the PP units and split up the Sedins. This is not related to this game but the overall PP system is not working. If they don't split up, they will be at bottom in the PP conversion rate. Also promote Hutton on PP1 with the Sedins before making a move to split up the unit. - Who controls the PP2 half-board, Burrows? Higgins? No way they are the elite playmaker on this team so the philosophy of loading up the PP1 might worked in the past will not work well this year because of the lack of the experience on PP2 unit. What's the worse thing: they could not even score 5 on 3, and 5-minute major penalty this year. Hence the reason to split up the Sedins to both units. PP1 unit led by the Sedins has dried up. They may be in slump but their possession is based on the perimeter play but no penetration to the dirty area for greater effect. The drop passes in the neutral zone MUST go because they takes away 10-15 seconds off the clock. If we had 10-15 extra seconds on the offensive zone, it will be a difference maker to whether a PP2 unit able to score a dying seconds. 5 on 5 play:- Goals created by the Canucks are not the problem, the problem here is preventing some goals and give up scoring chances. This is an issue from the day 1, giving up grade "A" scoring chances. This is far apparent on the team so far. This is attribute to the defensive corps. Edler and Tanev are not the problem here, the problem is one defensive player miss his assignment far too often. Also, a few veterans forward making turnovers trying to be cute when this is not necessary and contribute to a loss. This is up to coach and management to identify this. Discipline play:I do not like Dorsett's behavior on this team so far and it's not helping when he took away a PP time off when he was hit by a Penguins. What's more, he has not been doing well with his discipline so far. We have Prust so I would cut Dorsett off from the team via trades whenever possible. Some of you claim that he is good with the youth but I digress, To be a good influence, it must be above reproach and his stance on the team is not acceptable. Fights, or rough play by scrum is ok, as long as it does not cost us anything or take us off from PP. He picked fight with Tootoo and caused some silly things on the ice is not acceptable. He let the emotion get best of him. This topic discussion is about the contrast between veterans and rookies. It is like a big difference between the sun and the moon. This is no doubt that the youth movement is effective but the veterans has not caught on yet and it can be frustrating when they cost us a few games so far. When Miller calls out the team, you listen because he knows a thing or two from his youth days with Buffalo. He did not speak until yesterday because he gave them chances to fix this defensive issues. The core has not impress me so far, neither so is Miller The core has not really adjust to the youth movement yet. This is my theory. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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