An Oilers fan's thoughts on "grit":
I think people looking for “grit” are missing the forest for the trees.
Consider the types of plays that are praised as good “gritty” plays:
….Checking an opponent off the puck.
….Outmuscling an opponent for the puck.
….Taking a hit to make a good play on the puck (pass, shot, whatever).
….Digging the puck out of the corner from a scrum.
….Blocking a shot.
What do all these kinds of plays have in common? They are plays were physicality is used to get control of the puck, move the puck, or take the puck away from the opponent.
And what are the kinds of physical plays that are considered “bad” grit?
….Taking a dumb penalty.
….Fighting for no reason.
….Leaving your defensive assignment to try and make a hit.
The “bad” grit are the plays where physicality interferes with gaining the puck and moving the puck, or which enables the opponent to control the puck more.
In other words. “Grit” is the physical component of PUCK POSSESSION.
And puck possession is the metric that matters. The “good” grit is but a means to an end, and if you can gain that end by other means, you don’t actually need to be “gritty”.
I like this a lot.