Re: JULIEN SYSTEM - I may be wrong in ripping it apart....
posted at 11/30/2010 1:33 PM EST
In Response to Re: JULIEN SYSTEM - I may be wrong in ripping it apart....
[QUOTE]After the Orr era up until the Pat Burns era the B's had many years with some of the best forecheckers in the league. What did that get them? I would change the Clode system if we had offensive players like Ste Louie/Stamkos, Ovy/Semin, Crosby/Malkin, Kane/Towes, etc... but we don't at this point.
Posted by mattbs[/QUOTE]
This is exactly right. As frustrating as CJ's "defensive box system" is, it is necessary b/c the Bruins don't have the high speed/high scoring talent other teams have. Maybe Savard will change that to some extent, but he's more effective on the PP and even the potent Krejci/Horton/Lucic line isn't built for speed or explosiveness...it's best as a forechecking unit quartbacked by smart feeds from #46.
The Bruins most glaring lack is in that overused--but not for this team--term "puck-moving defenseman." The bruins don't have it. They are slow, tentative, and big in their own end. They have guys who can hit like mcQuaid and Stuart and Boychuk, but their best "move 'em out" D ,an is Seidenberg, and he aint no Brian Campbell or Mike Green. Because of this the Julien box system is the best thing the Bruins D can play, and it works to an extent. It asks the goalies to play above their heads and they usually do, but these things catch up to you and fast teams like Atlanta and Montreal and hard forechecking teams like Philly and Washington are going to bury the B's unless the team is made over, and fast.
This is not a problem of coaching or "effort", but one of talent--or the lack thereof. The Bruins are a team lacking in explosive offense and puck-moving defense. They have good to great goaltending and a solid D that only plays solid when it's defending in a structured box system, and can't be depended on to create offense.
That spells a team that might sneak into the playoffs, but won't get past round 1...maybe 2 at best.
One roll of the dice I would try is take Seguin off the leash and pair him with players of greater talent than the likes of Paille and Thornton, who are only holding back his progress.