Build the Offense Around the Youth
Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, Martin Necas, Morgan Geekie. What do these names all have in common? All four are the best scorers and finishers on the team and all four are 23 years of age or younger.
This team is going to have to lean on the younger players and try and get more of them. Especially those that can finish and score. This team as it is, is excellent at generating scoring chances, but only a handful are consistent in finishing them off with a goal. They lead the league this season in average xG per game yet are middle of the pack in terms of actual scoring.
To change that and get this team’s scoring to match its ability to generate chances, not just take shots on net, this team will have to relook the forwards and try to bring in more guys that can finish.
I know what you are yelling at me right now, “their value isn’t in scoring, it’s in their physical presence!” and you would be correct. But this team has lost 10 games this season by a single goal. A little bit more finish, just a tad bit would have added 18 points to their point totals (two of those losses were in OT) and had them leading the division with 99 points.
But just scoring goals isn’t the only way to win games, stopping them also works. So how do we fix the defense?