Re: Tyler Seguin has no hockey sense
posted at 3/26/2013 3:04 AM EDT
In response to lucdufour's comment:
If he could somehow mix speeds a bit more he might be able to use his other teammates a bit more and make his entry into the zone more dangerous. To be fair to him, however, I do think this is totally a biproduct of him being a winger and not doing the down low work a centerman typically does so he is not always ahead of the play. Centers naturally have way more time and space than wingers so I do think he is still adjusting to the position.
I agree with you that Tyler is often ahead of his teammates in the neutral zone, almost never mixes up his speed in the offensive zone (or is ineffective when he tries to), and doesn't create time and space for his line-mates; those are really crucial examples showing a lack of understanding of how to develop a scoring play with his line-mates. If you don't call that a lack of hockey sense then I don't know what else you call it.
The delay play should be extraordinarily effective for a kid that fast.. but the thing is, as we see when he tries to make entry into the offensive zone, whenever he's in tight space with even an average defender, he often gets seperated from the puck. Intentionally drawing an opponent in close (which is the basis of any delay play, something Brad Marchand does like 5 times a shift), is just not part of Seguin's skill set. Perhaps as a consequence of his unfamiliarity with the game in tight spaces, he doesn't delay without the puck either, it's almost like that part of his game was never developed because he was always the centerpiece of the offense and he was just given the puck so he could skate through defenders at full speed and score. It's a testament to his natural talent that he's still able to do that in the NHL at put up ~30 goals.
But truthfully, I feel like we're seeing Tyler Seguin's ceiling right now. I understand that he's young, but unless he figures out how to make his skill set work with his current team-mates, who will probably never be as fast as him, he's not going to be that player putting up 85+ points that we all thought when we saw him blow through tampa bay for 4 points in a playoff game. He absolutely has to use his speed to create speration and get himself into more dangerous areas of the ice, and more importantly, find the hockey sense to time his moves so he arrives right as his teammates have freed themselves up. It's a lot of stuff away from the play that he needs to improve on. Those are the type of players I associate with "hockey sense" because they can anticipate how the play will develop; they quickly identify the position their teamates are in relative to thieir opponents, and have learned through intuition and years of practice how to exploit those situations.
At the moment, I just don't see enough examples of Tyler Seguin showing he knows how to exploit defenders with anything other than pure speed.
Edit: I should point out, that this same thing is what makes him an average power-play player. when he gets into the zone and has to run plays that require maintaining possession, thinking into the future, and exploiting momentary soft-spots in the defense, he just doesn't stand out as a confident player with a large arsenal of useful skills.
And chetgnat, I see he's apparently a good kid and he's talented. He's an asset to the Bruins and there's plenty of reasons to like the kid, I am just trying to point out what is frustrating about his game, and what I think is holding that kid back from hitting the next level. I don't know who is available to talk to him about what to look for away from the play, Bobby Orr maybe? it really should be a wing that had similar speed to him.