I'm not noticing our usual dominance with our puck possession style as we have had in years past, and especially more so during the playoffs...Look how effective the defensive pairing of Gill/Scuderi were last spring.
Hockey is going towards puck posession game. It's different than in the 90's. Back then it was more about just being tough and playing anti-hockey. The new rule changed a lot. You can't hook, hold etc. like you could back then. You now have to actually PLAY the game. The team who has the puck more usually wins.
San Jose Sharks have gone towards our style as well. Todd McLellan is the biggest reason for that. It's also the biggest reason why they're dominating right now and why they won the Western Conference. That game style is also maybe the biggest reason why we have had this success recently and other teams are trying to do the same.
So, the modern hockey is definitely more about skill and less about toughness. We definitely don't need to change the way we are playing.
Part of our current problem is getting the puck outta our own end of the ice; our D is getting hit more often, and we're seeing many more scoring opportunities against us because of it.
I'm in favor of getting a few guys who can make the simple play along the boards instead of coughing the puck up in front of our own net (and clear the net the old fashioned way as well)...Along with that I'd like to see a few more guys capable of cycling the puck in our opponents end of the ice for a longer period of time; lets wear them out for once.
I'm certain our Cup teams from 1997, or 1998 would run our team of today (or our 2008 Cup team) into the ground in terms of skill, and toughness/physical play.
Edited by F.Michael, 06 May 2010 - 03:37 PM.