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    Default Time for Coaching Change (Not the ToddFather)

    Preface: The Kings are much more fun to watch this season and they really are doing better than the last several seasons and likely also better than we expected.

    That said, here we are knowing this team should be doing better than they are. They very consistently outshoot their opponents and they are getting good chances. And they also are near the bottom of the league in special teams. The Kings struggle mightily to score goals - consistently.

    If the Kings could score just a little bit more frequently and consistently, they could be a top team in the league. There is no issue getting shots off. There are plenty of high-danger chances for. They just cannot seem to get the puck past the goalie. If they were able to do so, the other teams would back off a little bit to defend more and therefore they would score a little bit less. The result would be more wins for the Kings.

    I have to wonder if they actually spend much time in practice (or even individually) working on shooting and getting the puck past the goalies. The system seems fine, but the finish is horrible.

    This brings us to Sturm and Yawney. Yawney is an old TMac crony who didn't really have much success in EDM when he was there. Sturm may have been good when he was in Germany, but it looks like a case of the Peter Principal here in the NHL. He just cannot coach an effective power play or penalty kill at this level.

    We HAVE the talent on this team. There is no reason the King's top scorers should have numbers that are inferior compared to the 2nd tier players on other teams in the league, yet here we are, again.

    We can all complain about Kopi and Drew having their best days behind them, but the scoring woes cannot be placed solely on them, because their best days actually are behind them.

    Guys like Arvi, Kaliyev, Turcotte, Kupari, AI and Kempe all should be scoring more than they are, especially with how well they seem to be playing when scoring is taken out of the equation. In other words, they are playing good, but they just are not scoring as much as they should based on the rest of their play. They are playing good enough to score more, but the scoring isn't there. WHY???? Do they suck at shooting?

    My opinion is that the coaches, Yawney and Sturm, are not focusing on it. TMac gets a pass with me for now because he is responsible for the overall systems, line combos, and the bigger picture stuff. The Asst. coaches are supposed to focus on the finer details with each player and that looks to be where things get a little ragged. PP-1 is cluster. PK is very timid and collapses way too quickly, and has issues with what should be easy clears. 5 on 5, our "scorers" miss open nets, shoot straight into the crest, or look for the pass when the obvious shot is there.

    I think it is time for an assistant coaching shake up.

    Thanks for reading.

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    You're telling me that the Kings coaching staff isn't practicing enough scoring?

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    Who used to do those breakdowns on point generated shots vs other? Curious how the kings are stacking up these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busted Chops View Post
    Guys like Arvi, Kaliyev, Turcotte, Kupari, AI and Kempe all should be scoring more than they are, especially with how well they seem to be playing when scoring is taken out of the equation. In other words, they are playing good, but they just are not scoring as much as they should based on the rest of their play. They are playing good enough to score more, but the scoring isn't there. WHY???? Do they suck at shooting?
    Kempe is currently at an elite shooting percentage this season (14.9%) so I would remove him from the equation. Kaliyev, Turcotte and Kupari and still learning their NHL game so it's not surprising they aren't lighting the lamp that regularly right now. Arvidsson has been poor at scoring goals the last two seasons (in terms of shooting percentage), where he excels is getting in proper position to generate shots on goal and potential rebound opportunities as a result.

    I don't think it comes down to a lack of coaching, but rather both a symptom of having a young team and a focus on building the fundamentals that will provide value each game. We should see scoring naturally increase as many of our rookies gain footing in the NHL. That said, I really don't know enough to evaluate Yawney and Strum but at the end it all falls on TMac. In regards to TMac I have never been a fan but must admit he is doing well this season and we've seen a lot of progress over the last two.

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    Fire Van Boxmeer!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DryKing View Post
    Kempe is currently at an elite shooting percentage this season (14.9%) so I would remove him from the equation. Kaliyev, Turcotte and Kupari and still learning their NHL game so it's not surprising they aren't lighting the lamp that regularly right now. Arvidsson has been poor at scoring goals the last two seasons (in terms of shooting percentage), where he excels is getting in proper position to generate shots on goal and potential rebound opportunities as a result.

    I don't think it comes down to a lack of coaching, but rather both a symptom of having a young team and a focus on building the fundamentals that will provide value each game. We should see scoring naturally increase as many of our rookies gain footing in the NHL. That said, I really don't know enough to evaluate Yawney and Strum but at the end it all falls on TMac. In regards to TMac I have never been a fan but must admit he is doing well this season and we've seen a lot of progress over the last two.
    Agreed. That said, how long does an evaluation process take/"gain footing? Seems as though there arent enough min to evaluate all the current prospects. Additionally with the cupboard being full so to speak, when do you start making a splash in trade or FA? This team looks to be close to, especially after seeing how Byfield looked last night.

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    Special teams are dreadful so I’m not opposed to a new assistant or two at all, but that’s an offseason move. If they go that direction I hope they’d bring up a younger coach who’s showing promise in the development leagues or college level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEEPKING View Post
    Fire Van Boxmeer!!
    Only us old timers would know what or who you're referring to
    Having gone by other names before, I remember your statement very well.

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    The problem with the power play is not with the coaches nor with the system. Responsibility for the suckage rests on the players.

    The older PP guys have been through innumerable offensive coaches and produced similar unsatisfying results.

    If it's a system problem, then why does the #2 PP unit often look so much better than #1 ?

    Let's stop blaming the guys who aren't even on the ice for putting the other team's penalty killers to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VCRW View Post
    The problem with the power play is not with the coaches nor with the system. Responsibility for the suckage rests on the players.

    The older PP guys have been through innumerable offensive coaches and produced similar unsatisfying results.

    If it's a system problem, then why does the #2 PP unit often look so much better than #1 ?

    Let's stop blaming the guys who aren't even on the ice for putting the other team's penalty killers to sleep.
    Honestly Im relieved to know the core should be retiring here soonish and new blood will have a chance to thrive.

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