This will be part two of an epic three (or four maybe five, we’ll see) part series on how to fix the Jets. Listen I am no hockey expert but I’m not talking about anything that these guys haven’t been about hearing since mighty mites. This is just hockey 101.
Today we will look at the offense which at times has been brillant and at others pathetic. The main issue is that Jets are not consistant and we are going to look at ways to streamline the quest to put the biscuit in the basket.
The worst kept secret in the NHL is that the Jets offense runs through its D. Big buff and Enstrom are two of the more talented offensive minded D men in the league and ever team know this. This is way last year Buff exploded at the beginning and then tapered off as the season progressed. Teams know how to defend against him and have made adjustments. The problem has continued into this season as the Jets D has not produced anywhere the numbers they did last year. Teams know that Buff is going to jump into the play and that they will try and set up Bogosian for the big one timer from the point. The Jets need to mix things up and work the puck down low to the back side man. Have the D shoot pass to the open player. Teams are keying on the Jets D and making their offense one dimensional. They need to try and set up different plays so that it is not as easy to shut them down.
The Jets take a lot of shots but the problem is they aren’t the right shots. Coaches always say nothing bad can happen when you throw the puck on net and in most hockey leagues thats true. Funny bounces happen, goalies misplay the puck and you get a cheap one every now and then. The only issue with that theory is that NHL goalies rarely give up weak ones or even give up rebounds. Most times the Jets shoot and the other team covers up. Due to the Jets ineptitude in the face off circle the opposing team win most draws and then gain control of the puck.
The Jets have to take the right kind of shots and they need to hit the net. Yes a big one timer looks great but when it misses 60% of the time you’d be better off stopping the puck and taking a better shot. Also if there are 3 opposing team members between you and the net, look for other options. A blocked shot can turn into a turnover or even an odd man rush.
The Jets have powerful forwards who should be able to dominate the other team. Sometimes they do and when they do they have success. Yet the majority of the time the Jets choose not to use their size to dictate the play. When you have Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane upfront you shouldn’t have Alex Burmistrov leading the forwards in checks. Pressure is the key to scoring. Force the other team into turnovers and after a game of pressure and hard checks the other team will start to tire and wear down. Thats when your snipers can capitalize.
Start with dump ins crossing center and have the opposite side winger chase down the puck. This will give him a full head of steam going in. If he doesn’t beat the D man to the puck he is in position to deliver a punishing check. After a while the D man will start to anticipate the checks and look to get rid of the puck as fast as possible. The center needs to move into the most probable passing lane while the winger cuts off the back side outlet pass. Eventually the D man will make a mistake and you can create a turnover. Just watch how other teams play the Jets for an example.
Next time we will take a look at special teams. There is so much wrong with that I may need to pull a Harry Potter and spilt it into two.
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