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Old 10-22-2018, 05:32 PM
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You as the coach, using only the players at hand - what changes would you implement to improve it?
Hockey have changed so much in the 25 odd years since I was on the bench. Hell, I coached a couple of seasons against Owen Nolan and missed out on coaching against Brian Bellows. I am a senior for sure and our way of coaching is long gone as you need to be part psycologist today and I will bet the farm that today's bag skate is not was it was like years ago.. LOL

I believe that the 1st line problem on the PP is mental. All one has to do is look at them and they look like they are carrying to world on their shoulders.
They are squeezing the stick way too tight, the result, they can't make a decent 7 foot pass and hit the stick.

Personally, on the point, I would use Ham for now or maybe Constantino ( Moore has to earn his ice yet) and Maksimov on the opposite point, mainly for his one timer. Then, once again, when we are squeezing to tight, we fan on the shot.
A forward needs to go to the paint and take his lumps, but, his teamates need to take advantage of him being there. Shoot the puck on net and let him roof the rebound.

Puck possession is the key as well. Shot when the opportunity comes up. Sault ste Marie's Sambrook would be a very nice fit to go along with Saigeon.
It would cost us a warm body, maybe even two.

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Old 10-22-2018, 05:56 PM
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The vast majority of the PP time, the puck is only on Lodnia, Maksimov and Thomas’ stick. Jones is under-used, as is Sopa (in the slot).

Jones should either be instructed to pop out to receive a pass from Thomas or get to the front of the net for a screen. Often, he is kind of neither - positioned in between this two more useful spots.

Since the puck is rarely passed down low to Jones, Sopa rarely get that pass on his stick facing the net. However, we did see a little of that on Friday. So maybe changes in the PP are coming.

Love Maksimov's spot on the PP (Left Side – RH Shot - One Timers - Perfect).

Thomas’ PP position (and RH shot) limits this effectiveness. There are very few dangerous plays he can make when he gets the puck (on the right side on his right hand). His options have been: a risky drag move to the middle for a shot or what he has usually been doing - give it back to Lodnia on the backhand. With Jones on the goal line (close to the net), that lane to play it down low is often not available to Thomas.

Obviously, not something they have now, but a LH PP specialist like Saigeon or Robertson changes the PP significantly. However, the IceDogs, don’t have that, so my first attempt at fixing the PP would be to bring in Ham to the point, move Lodnia into the slot – and get Jones more involved in the PP so he can link up with Lodnia.
I think Jones or whoever plays center on the PP should be be standing in front for tips or jam plays I’d think of moves jones to the right and putting Thomas in front (depending on who they believe has the better hands and would be best in tight) if they move the puck better Thomas or whoever is on that right side shouldn’t have to try and drag it for the shot cause he should be able to just pull the trigger as for him not having options if they put ham on the right point whoever is against the wall has a few options.
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I think Jones or whoever plays center on the PP should be be standing in front for tips or jam plays I’d think of moves jones to the right and putting Thomas in front (depending on who they believe has the better hands and would be best in tight) if they move the puck better Thomas or whoever is on that right side shouldn’t have to try and drag it for the shot cause he should be able to just pull the trigger as for him not having options if they put ham on the right point whoever is against the wall has a few options.
I'm good with that.
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I think Jones or whoever plays center on the PP should be be standing in front for tips or jam plays I’d think of moves jones to the right and putting Thomas in front (depending on who they believe has the better hands and would be best in tight) if they move the puck better Thomas or whoever is on that right side shouldn’t have to try and drag it for the shot cause he should be able to just pull the trigger as for him not having options if they put ham on the right point whoever is against the wall has a few options.

No way Thomas sacrifices is body to play the dirty area... better luck with Lodnia or maybe even Bukacs in front of the net
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:17 PM
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No way Thomas sacrifices is body to play the dirty area... better luck with Lodnia or maybe even Bukacs in front of the net
I’d be ok with Bukac there but who does he replace because other than Ham for Sopa I don’t know if anyone else should be replaced
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No way Thomas sacrifices is body to play the dirty area... better luck with Lodnia or maybe even Bukacs in front of the net
If Bukacs would be willing to stand there and mix it up without picking up a dumb penalty, that would work and he is big enough to be a pain in the ### for the goalie.
The forward that gets bumped (Thomas) would make the second unit better as long as the first unit does not spend a minute and a half out there like they are known to do.
45 seconds max.....
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If Bukacs would be willing to stand there and mix it up without picking up a dumb penalty, that would work and he is big enough to be a pain in the ### for the goalie.
The forward that gets bumped (Thomas) would make the second unit better as long as the first unit does not spend a minute and a half out there like they are known to do.
45 seconds max.....
Highly doubt Thomas goes from running the unit to off of it if they did what your saying it’s probably Bukac for Sopa I’d try and give both units around a minute each
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Highly doubt Thomas goes from running the unit to off of it if they did what your saying it’s probably Bukac for Sopa I’d try and give both units around a minute each
Nah. Sorry
The second unit would have Thomas on it, and see what happens with 45 to 50 second shifts.
Remembering that I was asked my thoughts on this, and management will most likely not agree with me. Too bad though.
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Highly doubt Thomas goes from running the unit to off of it if they did what your saying it’s probably Bukac for Sopa I’d try and give both units around a minute each
Thomas will not be anywhere other than the first line or first PP unit. In case you haven't noticed, he is the greatest.
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The 5 players I’d use on the top PP unit would be Lodnia-Jones-Thomas up front Maksimov on the left point Ham on the right. No drop pass zone entry (unless they can actually start connecting on passes) My second unit if everyone was healthy would be Philip-Tomasino-Sopa with hunter and Roberts on the back end (if/when healthy) but until that happens I’d go Constantinou and Moore
I would stick to being a fan... no offense.
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