AKA a tale of two defenses and coaching staffs....or alternatively "US-Canada 2013 WJHC, chapter 2: Speed Kills".
First off, I want to say that I feel badly for Subban. He was screened terribly on the first three goals he gave up and I’ll assert that even a truly great juniors level goalie would have had at best a 50-50 shot at the 4th goal. His denfencemen minus Tyler Wotherspoon played terrible D in front of him and he was a sitting duck. I imagine that by the time I get around to reading on the internet later that he will be crucified for this loss by many and it simply isn’t his fault.
The Canadians were just completely outplayed by the US in this one for about 50 minutes. They came out completely unprepared for an aggressive American team that played amazing D and had a simply fantastic transition game. The Canadian coaching staff failed in preparing of an American team that had made a major adjustment after their last game with Canada. They also failed in coming up with adjustments in time to save this game and as someone who watches a lot of juniors games I can’t help but feel that most of the blame is on this staff for not doing enough tonight.
Keys to the game:
1) Fantastic US D and transition game
2) Inability of Canadian coaching staff to counter the American gameplan
3) non-existent Candian D
4) John Gibson
Harrington. In reviewing my sheet and notes, I’m gonna go ahead and call this a horrendous choice. I have no clue why he was chosen. Danault or Rattie would have been my choice for Canada.
McCabe. Not a bad choice at all here. 3 pts, a heck of a defensive game and some fantastic passing. Others that would have been just as good IMO would have been: Jones or Trouba. Gaudreau would have been fine too, except that one penalty he took was bad.
Reilly, Oullet, Hamilton, Reinhart:---
Basically found myself playing a variation of Where’s Waldo with the Canadian D today…..then suddenly, I’d gasp after finding them…..and then the Americans would score again. Scary bad day for these 4.
Offensively toxic and the only Canadian at -4 on the day. Still trying to figure out why Canadian coaching staff moved him back to line with Scheiffele and RNH in the 3rd…..it almost seemed as if it was to quarantine them from affecting any other line’s potential production even if the PBP guys said it was to “kick start the lockout line”. HA.
RNH & Scheiffele: Both -
The US doubled RNH at the point in the offensive zone….RNH couldn’t dangle as a result and got frustrated. This pairing and whatever adjustments the Canadians made to switch things up for these two were ineffective, because RNH couldn’t create with 2 guys in his face all night and Scheiffele could not skate with the americans…..it’s telling when the biggest and most lumbering of American defensemen can out skate you. Americans stopped doubling RNH in the 3rd most of the time when Huberdeau was out with them....was it respect for Hub or knowing the damage was already done?
Funny side moment: I told a very tired PJ early in the game that this move of doubling RNH had him fustrated and making bad decisions, not as an american fan but as an observer....PJ responded with "HA" to which I imagine most canadians would have added a few obscenities, reminding me about who RNH is and then ignored me........
I’m sorry buddy, I know I didn’t think you should have made this team or played in this game, but this one isn’t on you at all. You controlled rebounds (mostly) and made some saves you needed to win this game, you just had nothing in terms of support.
Like it or lump it, this kid came in and made some good saves. He had the benefit of a team that was playing better hockey in front of him, but if my twitter feed is any indicator, half of Canada is ignoring all of that and screaming for Subban’s head. He kept Canada within a period of Canadian magic for a while there. Canadians will be asking why he didn’t start in this tourney for years I fear.
Only Canadian D man who played legit D all game long. Sorry buddy, that had to suck to watch that unfold like that around you. Was voted POG by many on twitter tonight for Canada.
Danault & Rattie: Both ++
Victims of a coaching staff that got caught up in playing matchups that weren’t working. These guys both provided great PK defense and offense and yet they kept getting short shifted by coaches fiddling with lines in favor of significantly less productive players. Someone in the upper echelons of Team Canada is going to notice the ice time of these two and be rightfully outraged.
John Gibson: +
Very nice…again having a few moments where he had to be much better than the average goalie to keep the puck out of the net, but the Canadians didn’t really pose much of a threat tonight at all.
John Gaudreau: +
Took one stupid penalty, otherwise was a hobit on fire again. 3 point night
JT Miller: +
2 assists and did a fantastic job of controlling the puck in the offensive zone and providing pressure on the point at the defensive end. Great defensive effort led to Vesey goal in the 3rd.
Seth Jones, Jacob Trouba and Jake McCabe: +++
All three were in berserker mode all game. All played outstanding on both ends of the ice, particularly on the defensive end. I’d rank Jones 1st on D. Trouba 2nd and McCabe third…just flip those rankings for offense. If you don’t see why Jones is a top 3 pick in the upcoming draft after this game, I don’t quite know what to tell you.
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on 2013-Jan-Thu-12-01, edited 5 times in total.