OKpensfan247 wrote:I never played competitive hockey, so I have a hard time understanding the importance of guys playing in their natural Left or Right positions-sides at the wings and defense.
Just based on predominant hand strength and dominant eye like in baseball it makes sense... but some of these guys like Duper and Jussi, seem to be able to switch to either side no problem like it should not be a big issue.
The situation with Neal and Iginla trying to be placed on the same line with Geno is so confusing to me.
For those of you guys that actually played, do you think Bylsma has had confidential discussions with Iginla and Iginla has told him he wants to, or can, play LW? He has just not looked good at all in his games as a Penguin trying to play LW. Or is this a sympton of Bylsma trying to stick with Kuni-Sid-Duper?
OKpensfan247 wrote:And to clarify my question a bit...
Is it truly rare for guys to be able to switch sides because of the difficulty of using your stick with your weaker side (hand, arm)? If so, then why does Bylsma and other coaches try to force it?
Or is it rare for guys to be able to switch sides because of the Pens system in particular? Is it tougher to play LW versus RW in the Pens system for example?
OKpensfan247 wrote:I love the discussion of X's and O's, structure, strategy, etc... so this is great stuff.
So Mikey, you refer to Neal's off-wing in your above post because he is truly a LHS? Is that correct? I kind of remember the write-up on Bylsma trying Neal-Geno-Kunitz initially last year before they looked at tape of Neal in Dallas and saw him having success on RW, so they switched the sides...
Also, in your opinion, do we have any other wingers on the team other than Kunitz that can slide into that LW position for the Geno line and create as much success as Malkin's line had last year? Or do you think it has to be Kunitz, given Malkin's creative and more offensive style and less checking style (although he is great at takeaways on defense), and also given Neal's lack of development so far on being able to play LW (your example of Dupuis' development earlier) on the Geno line?
Right. Neal, a LHS, on the right wing would be on his "off wing" his "weak side" even his "wrong side". That's considered "wrong" colloquially in North American hockey. That said, it seems the further down you go, the more RHS there are and the less and less likely it matters what side you play on because the competition is so limited. Improper defense techniques leaves sizable gaps and spacing issues for even moderately-skilled players to thrive on their wrong side. But that's an entirely different issue...
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