I could talk about d play and Brock forever. I’ve trained d and have taught some pretty high level guys. I have always said good coaches, if they are smart, put the smartest kids on the team at D, I did, brocks coach did in Bantams. There aren’t many like Brock. His skill level is elite as we can see. What you cant see is what is going on inside his head, his real strength. There are a lot of guys that have his sense but not ability. We was a forward for a great deal of his life. He was a great forward. But because he is so responsible to the team he always reverted to d zone coverage for the teams sake. The skill has always been there to do what he is doing and beyond. His intelligence and sense of responsibility/TEAM is what has stifled his offensive game thus far. He has been forced to carry d duties for he and his partners, basically he covers for his partners lack of knowledge/responsibility. Leading up to college, kids are constantly trying to make a name for themselves for recruiting purposes, most think the only way to do so is to stack up points. So often Brock would play to cover for his partners lack of discipline. They would take off, he would have to cover. His ability to transition in the neutral zone, advance out of the d zone, were all honed by basically being alone back there. That is how he made his name known to recruiters. He is the Pat Mahomes of D men, can get you out of anything. Now that he is in the NHL, he has guys that he can rely on, guys that realize, Brock is the man, he has the skills, THEY are now sub servant to him and that gives him freedom. So basically he has finally escaped having to be the security blanket.
December 5, 2023 at 10:04 am #2240110