Notes and meaningful takeaways from camp

Posted: 09/20/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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Update: Following Ducks 3-2 come from behind OT win over the San Jose Sharks last night. Our Ducks are now 3-1 in the exhibition season. Two of the wins have been come from behind and one in OT. The team is establishing the habit and expectation of winning, ability to come through in the clutch and a no quit attitude.
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – In A look at some intangibles published on 9/15, the post concluded with questions, including will the team come together. Yesterday, Coach Boudreau reported that he’s liking what he sees:

“There are always things you’d like to see better, but I think what we’re seeing are the signs of a team coming together.” (Emphasis added)

Team chemistry consists of two parts. There is the tactical chemistry of a well executed system and team assembled into smaller specialized units of complementary and offsetting skill sets. Additionally, there is chemistry that rises from camaraderie and bonding born of a group individuals  working to earn the respect of each other while passionately putting team first.

What Coach is saying is that the former, tactical chemistry or execution can be improved but overall the team is bonding and meshing nicely at this stage of camp.

It would be easy to write Gabby’s comment off if not for the supporting factual evidence. Coach gave nine vets the day off yesterday and to a man they took to the ice and practiced hard. Too soon for these guys to take Princess, er maintenance days.

Exemplified by John Gibson looking to redeem himself after a poor performance against the L.A. Kings, our Ducks gutted and ground out a 2-1 come from behind win against the Avs. Our guys didn’t make it easy on themselves as no Duck was even as high 50% on draws. Rickard Rakell was a woeful 5-10.

Francois Beauchemin is taking full contact in practice. You think he might ear the respect of his teammates taking full contact 4.5 months following reconstructive knee surgery?

Coach likes what he sees and the factual evidence supports him. Go Ducks!

The quote above comes to us via Adam Brady of

  1. czhokej says:

    FOs were one of our serious weaknesses last season. Only four other teams had the worse FO% than the Ducks. Now, when Steckel is gone, it will be even more difficult to get the puck. FOs are crucial thing for killing penalties and being productive on PP.
    This is the year for BB to prove that he is not only a good motivator but also adept strategist and tactician.

    • bc says:

      Would you consider adding teacher to Gabby’s things to prove lost, cz? Other than Koivu our guys need way more reps on the draws. The need to have their technique broken, analysed and reassembled. They need to mix up what they want to do, where they’re going to direct the puck and occasionally leave the biscuit on the drop and move the opposing center off the puck. Our wingers and D have to get the jump on those loose pucks. Right now they’re reacting after the puck’s direction is certain. They have to assume a bit and move early.

  2. czhokej says:

    I am not an expert on FOs. One thing I understand is difficult to change, is the reaction (response) time on the draw. I do not think it’s possible to change it too much. Another aspect is the anticipation and knowledge of the opponents and their techniques.
    Do most people use the same approach and execution on FOs? I do not know. Getzlaf was trying several times to adopt a different FO styles with unpredictable success rate. I have noticed 4 or more different tactics and moves by him.
    Do you think that our low FO stats were caused mainly by centermen’s lack of skills, or by the ineffectiveness of our wingers to get to the puck?

    • bc says:

      Tactics and purpose are influenced by where the FO occurs cz. For example, in the offensive zone, a center can direct in any of the 360 degree radius from the FO dot. Same with the neutral zone but you want to be sure when going forward that you can beat the opposition to the loose puck. In the defensive zone, a center is restricted to directing the biscuit into a ‘safe’ area of the boards and corners.
      Center was my fave position. I liked FO’s and enjoyed the skating required. Never played in the NHL, or AHL but my best trick was to cheat. You’re supposed to wait until the puck hits the ice. I would occasionally move if the puck was between the top of the blade and the ice. If an official called me on it, I never did it again in that game. No official ever caught me consistently. I don’t know if guys can get away with it in the NHL or in the ‘A.’

      There is way more to come but will have to wait while do some research. In the meantime, here is a post from Coach Nye on how players can train to improve their explosiveness.

      BTW, Coach Warren Nye’s website UHS is highly recommended for players, trainers and anyone looking to learn a little more about hockey.

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