There is a hockey axiom that defensemen take longer to develop than forwards. An 18-year-old forward can be drafted and see carefully monitored NHL action, but defensemen take longer to marinate. The natural sequence is a year or two of college or juniors, possibly some AHL action, and then conscientious usage as a defenseman gets … Read the whole thing.
December 19, 2014 by Sam Hitchcock
December 12, 2014 by Sam Hitchcock
The power play is the NHL’s equivalent of the NFL’s red zone. Scoring a touchdown is not a certainty when a team is in the red zone, but the chances are amplified. In football, leverage comes with excellent field position; in hockey, it is achieved through extra man power. In both sports, this is the … Read the whole thing.