no name wrote:
Can you comment on his ability to adjust and adapt to what teams are doing vs his system? Vs certin oppenents or actual in game adjustments, or is he a stick to our system kind of guy? I have always been a "defence wins championships" thinker, this guy doesn't sound like what i was hoping for. But if Mario and JR trust him i give him my full support for now.
I'm not the creator of the content, I was just posting what he said and a link. There are some of those questions answered on the thread on Reddit. Here is an answer to if he adjusts in game:
>>Yes, he plays tricks, matches lines as needed, tries to isolate poor defense pairings. Sometimes he plays top competition against top competition and fourth lines against fourth line; during the WHL Final this year he let Edmonton put their top pairing against our top line to open up our highly skilled fourth line. So he has reasons for what he does for sure, he doesn't throw out lines willy nilly like Bylsma.<<
Here is what he said about PP and PK:
>>First PP is four forwards and an offensive defenseman, second is three forwards, offensive dman, and a more two-way dman with a heavy shot. As opposed to Letang being used just because he's an offensive defenseman, the dman's job is specifically to get the puck into the zone either by making the right pass or by carrying it in himself. Pouliot filled that role ever since his draft year--remember how he was toured as a powerplay specialist?--and will probably full it next season if not this one.
Gaining the zone is one thing. Once it's in, everyone is a really active passer. Not the **** pp passes that cause people to yell shoot, but things like passing across the ice through the slot. That is a common high risk/high reward scenario. The dman and one other man the points, one player takes the entire left side of the ice, there's a guy up high by the net on the right and the forward with the best vision (imagine Sid there--for us it's Nic Petan) is on the right side half wall. He decides what happens or sometimes moves into the middle of the ice to pass to the guy by the net (James Neal?). A common play is to send it to the guy on the left (Malkin, I imagine) and then a cross-ice pass to net-guy (Neal) before anyone's gotten over. The objective changes, though. Sometimes it's to open up a defenseman. For example, this year we used Mat Dumba on the point with Pouliot during the playoffs and had them switch places to confuse the PKers, then Dumba was able to unleash his shot unblocked. PP was one of my favorite parts of Johnston's tenure. Very shifty, very adaptable to whatever team was being played, and given the players on the Pens there's no reason the same set-up shouldn't work in Pittsburgh.
I'm afraid I can't really shed light on the PK. It's pretty much your typical set-up, to the extent that I know Pk strategies. Individual players are pretty aggressive at going out and getting after whoever has the puck, but that's all. I bet Martin will have lots more to do with that<<
You can ask him questions on Reddit too. I guess I could ask for the board if people want me to.