4. Coaches’ comfort
Head coach Joel Quenneville is one of the most winningest coaches in the NHL. He is also notorious for having very little patience with young players. When asked point blank about this at the recent Chicago Blackhawks convention, he said, “We’re always patient.” Then he laughed.
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Forwards in the Blackhawks’ system are expected to be defensively responsible in addition to their offensive duties. Defensemen are instructed to join the rush and help transition to offense whenever possible. Being young and inexperienced is no excuse in Coach Q’s eyes.
Well, this is the year where there’s going to be no choice in the matter. As discussed above, numerous holes in the lineup will more than likely be filled with players that are green, and they are going to make mistakes. Coaches and players alike will definitely be outside of their comfort zones.
This could be handled positively, with it being a learning curve for everyone. Or, it could be a complete distaster. If Coach Q can push the right buttons and manage things this season, I will truly believe he is one of the best coaches of all time.
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