We need to review the duties of one of the Montreal Canadiens' assistants

Published October 20, 2021 at 10:32

Yes, there's a lot of that, Mr. Ducharme...

But... how many years has the Montreal Canadiens' massive offense been crap? Since the 2014-15 campaign, the Habs have had an atrocious 17.5% success rate, including this season's 0-in-13, good for 31st in that regard for the past six years.

When the Habs fired Claude Julien and Kirk Muller, Dominique Ducharme and Alex Burrows came in as reinforcements. Burrows was given the power play duties and did a tremendous job when he came on the bench, but that second wind quickly faded away.

During the shortened schedule, the Habs crowned this one with a 19.2% efficiency (17th), then during the playoffs, the Canadiens did not do better than an 18.9% success rate, which is correct without more. This year, the Habs are at 0%, so in the cellar, then let's say that the scheme drawn looks more like a draft.

Burrows is excellent to communicate with the players. He is emotional, passionate and a great leader, but his plan for the power play is not good. There are no other words to describe him. Yes, there are only four games. But it's pretty obvious that this facet absolutely needs to be revamped. It doesn't work and it won't work if the pattern isn't redrawn.

On the periphery, no one posted in front of the opposing goalie to bother him, the shots don't come and when they do, they are rarely threatening. Right? The Habs have the weapons to build a "PP" that can stay on the ice for 1 minute 40 seconds, instead of having two that play one minute each.

The design is simple: Cole Caufield on the left face-off dot... Mike Hoffman on the right, Christian Dvorak stationed in front of the opposing goalie, Nick Suzuki or Jonathan Drouin on the bottom, and Jeff Petry at the point distributing the disc to Caufield or Hoffman, then throwing as little as possible.

But you know, I'm just a blogger and not a coach. On the other hand, I watch a LOT... Then, if I were running the Canadiens, this is how I would try to wake up my massive offense.
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