What exactly is it like to play the Ducharme way?

Published November 4, 2021 at 10:37

On Wednesday, Jeff Petry went before the media and said that the game plan built by Dominique Ducharme was demanding. He took the trouble to add "but it works", showing that if all the players follow it, the Habs will be successful again.

One thing to remember here, and the excellent Danielle Sauvageau explained it perfectly on 98.5 Sports, is that Dominique Ducharme's system takes time to master, but once it is embraced by all the players, it becomes very effective and can guide a team to the Stanley Cup Final.

"The moment you change one member of the trio... the synergy and dynamics change completely. Dominique Ducharme's system, it takes time. There have been a lot of changes." - Sauvageau

But what exactly is the Ducharme system? What does it mean to "play the Ducharme way"? Why is it so difficult to assimilate as a system? Danielle Sauvageau explained it perfectly in a few words:

"To play "à la Ducharme" is to play super close, move the puck and make small passes. You see the five-man unit moving from one zone to the other. It's hard to defend against that."

Moving the puck quickly is how the Habs need to play in order to have the most success. That's it!
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