Popular Post nuckfanfromafrica Posted July 28, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted July 28, 2022 (edited) I believe Allvin and co have done an excellent job so far this offseason with their astute forward additions. Their ability to be patience by not making rushed decisions to simply trade away pieces for ones that are not much more better than what we currently have, IMHO the team as currently composed (abide could always be better) , is a playoff team if deployed the right way. Our success this coming season hinges primarily on coaching decisions made related to: Defensive & Forward line composition and deployment Team 5v5 Strategy Power play strategy Pk Strategy Below are some of the ways we could maximize the current roaster without necessarily selling the farm chasing a Right shot defenseman that is not much more better than what we have in Myers (they are generally drafted and developed in house). Team Composition on Defense A. Move Quinn Hughes to Right D When you look at most historical successful teams (2021 Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay lighting, Detroit in the mid-90s), the talents come first. The talents were developed and put in the best position to utilize their natural talent. Each one of those teams featured a top talented defenseman. Some with size (Hedman, Pronger) and some not so much (Makar, Fox, Niedermayer). The common theme was that each played to their strengths and were deployed as such. The true top defensemen have the ability to make their pairing partners better (elevating their value that may not have been same if paired on a top unit elsewhere - Devon Teows, Rutta etc). New age top defenseman no longer have to have the size that was imperative in the clutch & grab era. They need elite skating, puck skills, elite edgework, playmaking/passing skill, puck transitioning skills. smarts defensively that is based on body position thus limiting the need to be towering. Vancouver has the luxury of potentially having one in Quinn Hughes if developed and deployed the right way. A look at some defensemen in the statue of Hughes reveals a common theme. Most are effective playing their offwing (Scott Niedermayer). The ones playing their right side (Makar) have a propensity to default to their offwings while transitioning the puck or in the offensive zone. A player playing this offwing provides him the below advantages: When he cuts east-west across the ice, it's easier to protect the puck. The puck is protected more easily on your forehand as you cut east-west (laterally). A right handed Dman cutting off the right wall on entry will have to pull the puck to his backhand in order to protect the puck from the stick of opposing defenders/forwards. It's easier to shoot high percentage shots: When you carry or pass the puck east-west in the offensive zone, the goalie has to constantly adjust to puck movement thus increasing chances of scoring. Defenseman playing their natural shooting side is best suited for a north-south play. A highly skilled rover type defenseman, like Quinn Hughes, is best suited playing his offside. The Video samples below of some other top defenseman in transition illustrates some of the above. Cale Makar, even though he is playing his rightside, drifts majority of the time to his offside (left wing as a right shot defenseman). Most of his dangle plays are made from the left side. B. Pair your best 2 Dman and deploy with most offensive starts: some examples are Colorado pair of Toews - Makar and Vancouver 2011 team pair of Edler - Erhoff(sp) OEL (contrary to popular believe) is still an effective 2 way defenseman whose skill sets complements Hughes quite nicely. A stay at home right shot physical Dman is not necessarily the best complement for Hughes. An ideal defensive partner is one with smarts, ability to read plays, good positionally (not necessarily physical nor one with towering size). Take Colorado's top pair as an example These were qualities that made Tanev effective with Hughes. OEL is a highly underrated Dman with smarts in spades to read plays that complements a highly skilled Dman. OEL ,even though he was played in a more defensive role this last season, still projects as a top pairing Dman whose numbers are not that far off from Toews. This is also in spite of him facing more higher quality of competition with way less offensive deployment as shown below. Additionally (although a limited sample), a pairing of OEL & Hughes last season had a significantly better GF% 5v5 compared to a Hughes/Schenn & Myers pair(s). With more offensive deployments this coming season, a pair of OEL-Hughes has the potential to statistically rival some of the top pairings in the league. C. Retain Myers (target a 2 way Left Dman with preferably size instead): Myers is a north-south offensive defenseman and should be used as such, He is at his best when he is moving, joining the rush and using his shot. He has a mean streak at times when separating forwards from pucks. However he shouldn't be cast as a shut down stay home defenseman. Myers has better statistically numbers than a lot of the popular trade targets. Focus should be attempting to acquire a left shot 2way defenseman from a cap strapped team like Vegas. Ideal target would be Nicloas Hague via trade from Vegas Perhaps a package involving Dermott. These paring would add size (affording the team the ability to have 2 smaller skaters in Quinn & Rattbone. D. add Rathbone as third paring puck mover paired with a stay home D (Poolman with Schenn subbing in some games) General Synopsis on defense: No shut down D pair. instead a 5 man team defense. This has been bolstered with most of the new forward additions. A top pairing defensive unit that are highly mobile and transitional. Each Dman can transition the puck out Other 2 defensive pair each has a puck move. Employing quick transition out of the d zone meaning less team spent defending (a system used by top teams like Colorado, Tampa, NYR etc). full defense Forward team composition and strategy Employ an aggressive forward forecheck that requires rolling 4 aggressive lines. Duo with a forechecker that is strong along the boards. Aggressive attacking style that is based on quick transitions, immediate counter attack, puck possession speed on each line each forward line & complementary primary D pairing have at minimal 2 play drivers (whether on the wings, center and/or backend) allowing for quicker breakouts and transition, A. Miller and Garland with complementary forward Podkolzin Miller is most effective when he is driving the bus on a line. Its not surprising that he had his best statistically performance at center last season. Garland adds playmaking from the wing, ability to setup from behind the net (play that worked a few times with Podkolzin). With Millers tendency at times to give up on plays at times, is made up for the relentless none stop engines of Podkolzin & Garland. Of all the line combinations 5v5 from last season that Miller played on with the best GF% (62.1 & 58.4%) featured some combination of Miller with Garland Or Miller & Podkolzin. Stats below conceptually similar to The forward & D paring strengthens the overall team defense that might be lacking otherwise. 3 defensively aware forwards complementing a puck mover in Rathbone, Forechecker: Podkolzin B. Pettersson - Hoglander with complementary forward in Mikheyev. Mikheyev adds defensive presence and speed to creates space for Hoglanders & Pettersson east-west puck possession game. Similar to Miller, Pettersson is most effective when he is driving a line and not deferring (Miller & Boeser). In their brief time together, Podkolzin- Pettersson-Hoglander, showed promise. Mikheyev replaces Podkolzin essentially on that line (adding similar qualities in feistiness). Other than the paring with Horvat & Pearson, Hoglander's best GF% last season was on a pair that featured Pettersson at 59.6%, 59.4% Hague & Myers add size along with tenacity from Mikheyev that allows Petty & Nils to play bigger. Conceptually (not stylistically) similar to Complementary piece: Mikheyev. his speed drawing defenders back allowing for a east-west movement play from Pettersson & Hoglander. C. Horvat and Boeser with Complementary forward Kuzmenko Boeser has the best chemistry with Horvat. His best statistical performance 5v5 was when he was on a line with Baertschi - Horvat. Other that the lotto line (which was more of a factor of Pettersson & J.T performance and Boeser a passenger), He had his best statistical performance 5v5 with Horvat. Horvat provides the bull net drive that created room for Boeser to use his shot and Baertschi added playmaking on the wing. One weakness of the line was Baertschi's weakness on the walls (Board battle/play). Kuzmenko adds speed, strength on the wall, playmaking on the wing and most importantly ability to setup from behind the net with options to pass to from the crease (Horvat) and above the crease from either the left or right side (Boeser). Boesers best GF% last season was on a line with Horvat at 56.6%. D. feisty Worker/Grinding line Lazar - Joshua with complementary rotating forward Lockwood, Pearson & Dickinson Two Centerman - one Right & other left that can also play forward on corresponding sides. an identity line that can be hard on the forecheck, creating energy and turnovers. The success of the Lammiko(sp)-Motte-Highmore line last season was the ability of the line (mostly Motte) to get in on the forecheck with speed. The added need of speeds puts Lockwood & Dickinson in a better position thus unfortunately leaving Pearson as odd man out. Lazar & Joshua have the making of 2 Motte's on the forecheck. Lazars best GF% with Boston was on a line with Nosek at 70.4%. Joshua has better statistical trajectory than Nosek. Full projected forward line up Some samples of top team deployments (that play a similar system that align with the vision of coaching/management team) from this past season: Colorado Tampa Rangers Power play & PK to follow... Edited August 20, 2022 by nuckfanfromafrica 1 7 4 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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