10/22/08

Training Camp II: Overspeed vs Scoring

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/22/2008 02:12:00 PM
Somewhat interesting reading Doug Weight and Scott Gordon's comments on the Islanders system as the new Islander coach is finally getting a chance for a short training camp with most of his core forwards healthy.

Gordon feels if all five players are not on the same page it simply is not going to work and the players performance has not been consistent with regard to an aggressive fore check.

Doug Weight feels maybe there is too much talking about the system but the players have to be great at it to get results and if they are not sticking together as a five-man unit, they will get picked apart.

From where I'm watching any time this team starts taking penalties it's very tough for them to start their offense, that happened in preseason also.

Scott Gordon is also finding out the speed at this level is not the same as the speed in the AHL and against some teams the Islanders are not fast enough or skilled enough to get in a position to start and maintain an aggressive forecheck.

I wonder if after the coach changed his mind on playing a forward on the point and using Weight if that changes when Campoli returns?

Florida on Saturday played an agressive forecheck, it kept the Islanders on the defensive for too much of the game, against Buffalo they were shorthanded early and never got it's offense started.

It's going to be interesting to see what happens from here with players who have their version of an aggressive forecheck vs Gordon's way.

Good news? Islanders were a pass/play short of a few open net chances on Vokoun and did win a few pucks in the Panthers zone.






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