Popular Post *Buzzsaw* Posted October 27, 2019 Popular Post Share Posted October 27, 2019 Here is what I see as happening to Pettersson: - He is scoring a lot less... and his goals are garbage goals... picked up from rebounds, close in plays, etc. They are not the type of creative plays we saw last year. The fact he is not scoring is completely uncharacteristic... he was known as a scorer in all his teams. - He is not scoring on the rush and he is not scoring powerplay goals... something he did last year regularly. - His effectiveness on even strength rushes has basically disappeared. This is a function of the style that Green coaches. Which is lunch bucket... play your position, straight up and down, dump the puck in and chase it. Trying to force Pettersson into this style of play is a waste of his talents. Pettersson is not a grind it out forechecking style of player... he is not a power forward... to expect him to play this style is a waste of natural skills. He is a stickhandler, passer, with a tremendous shot who should be getting his opportunities off the rush. But Green has gotten rid of any creativity on the team... with the exception of Hughes... who has it naturally and hasn't had it beaten out of him yet. If you don't believe this is Green's plan, then you didn't watch the interview with Brock Boeser during the Washington game... when BB said they were coached to play it safe... get the puck in deep and then dig for it. You can also see this with your own eyes every game. To be effective, Pettersson should be on a line with players who are willing to skate with the puck out of their position, who can criss cross, use entries into the zone with one lineman behind the leader to take a drop pass, all the different combinations which a good team will use. If you watched the Washington game, you saw examples of that frequently from the Cap's players... the whole team was criss crossing to confuse the Canuck defense and gain the zone... they used the drop pass frequently. This type of play is not unusual... it is standard in the repetoire of any good NHL coach. But unfortunately it seems to be missing in Green's coaching vocabulary. The other completely strange thing is that Green and Newell Brown have completely given up on getting both Pettersson and Boeser one timers on the PP. How this can be happening is completely a mystery. The Canucks have in BB and EP two of the best shooters in the league... and Green has basically said... forget about shooting, focus on getting garbage goals from rebounds generated by shots from the point. To say this is a failure is understating the point. There are many teams in the league who have players with great one timers... Ovechkin is one. Do you see the Washington coaches tell the Great 8 he should forget about setups for one timers???? Sure, it can be difficult to get those setups... but you don't give up. Some will point to the fact Pettersson has 11 pts in 10 games... with a projection of a 90 pt season. Well last year at 10 games he was projected to have a 130 pt season with 60 goals. Everyone tails off at the end of the season. As long as Green keeps restricting Pettersson's creativity, and fails to take advantage of his strong points, then EP will fail to develop. I can already see Petey getting frustrated. 5 17 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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