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lilcros

Hockey stlye nowadays

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Hi all!
 
Please share your thoughts on nowadays hockey attributes or qualities. Of course the game has gotten faster, but maybe point out the tactical side of the game. Also, where the game is developing in the future. Maybe the offensive D-men will have bigger roles in the future etc.
 
Let's take NBA for example, where the role of a big man has hindered and the 3P shot is having an huge effect on the game. It used to be dominant big guys in the paint, but now the bigs are spreading the floor and hitting threes.
 
Also, in soccer the Liverpool is doing high pressing in defence to make the opposing team commit a turnover. Its the opposite, where Barcelona for example used to control the ball all the time and make their Tiki-taka play count.
 
Cheers!

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On 2/4/2020 at 10:17 AM, lilcros said:
Hi all!
 
Please share your thoughts on nowadays hockey attributes or qualities. Of course the game has gotten faster, but maybe point out the tactical side of the game. Also, where the game is developing in the future. Maybe the offensive D-men will have bigger roles in the future etc.
 
Let's take NBA for example, where the role of a big man has hindered and the 3P shot is having an huge effect on the game. It used to be dominant big guys in the paint, but now the bigs are spreading the floor and hitting threes.
 
Also, in soccer the Liverpool is doing high pressing in defence to make the opposing team commit a turnover. Its the opposite, where Barcelona for example used to control the ball all the time and make their Tiki-taka play count.
 
Cheers!

Ice hockey has been evolving in little bits and pieces. Kind of like baseball, there's only so many different approaches you can take to alter the game with bigger players. 

Tall goalies seems to be the norm now, where as in the past, you could be under 5'10" and still be good. You can be under 5'10" but your ability to go pro is pretty small.

Tall defensemen like Chara, they are desirable, but only so many guys are that tall, strong, fast and have hockey sense. You can have an offensive D-man, like he's always joining the rush, but you don't want all your defensemen to be the same way. Other team will find more breakaway chances that way.  A defensive D-man is also desirable, and not as many measurable stats to show how they help the team out. They can block shots, but tactically, a defensive D-man who has good hockey sense and is disciplined to not be sloppy in his zone, well he can stop goals and passse, but there are things statistics aren't measured: number of times he pressures the puck handler to pass the puck away, clears the puck in a penalty kill, or pushes/blocks wingers out to prevent rebound attempts. These are things where he's not even touching the puck. His number of goals and assists might be low but he's very instrumental in preventing his goalie from geting eaten alive.

Since zone coverage and 1-3-1 tactics have been popularized by some NHL teams, you can get some boring hockey where one team is stopping the other team from being able to set up plays beyond the neutral zone, but they aren't making headway in the offensive zone either. 

 

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