20 October 2009
Since the Game up in Boston, where the Islanders collapsed in the third blowing a three goal lead and subsequently losing in OT. The Islanders have seemed flat footed and lack confidence after opponents start to turn the tide on them since then. While the goaltending has been bad (to say the least), the team gets lazy and now their six games in and still winless, and who have some started to blame? Scott Gordon, of course,The second year head coach whos been appointed to be an assistant coach for team USA.
So today Chris Botta, of NHL Fanhouse and Islanders Point Blank went to the players to find out how thye view their head coach and his agressive style of hockey. Here are a few samplings of their opinions:
Kyle Okposo: “Scott has been the biggest reason for my development at the NHL level. He has put in a lot of time with me, making suggestions on how I could be more effective and use my talents. He has put me in every position to succeed and has given me so much guidance.
“As a team, we’re all looking forward to growing with Scott and his staff. We need some time, but we’re going to be all right in the end.”
Matt Moulson: “If anyone’s looking for someone to say anything other than praise for Scott Gordon, I’m the last person to go to. He’s the reason I’m here and I’m going to do everything I can for that guy.
“I don’t know how to explain it, but he gives you confidence without even saying much. He demands your best while not breathing down your neck.
John Tavares: “Scott has been really good for me since the first day. He has given me so much confidence and had me ready to be at my best with these first games of my career.
“The communication has been open and positive. We spend a lot of time on the ice at practice and after with video going over ways for me to improve. He’s given me a lot of constructive criticism but also the freedom to be creative offensively. Scott wants us to be a good skating team and be aggressive. In the long run, that’s going to make us a better team. It’s a very good style of play for me. I love it.”
For the whole article anf Botta's take on it click here.
HockeyBuzz's Dee Karl also has an interesting write up about Coach Gordon, his coaching style and more player praise, I suggest you check it out.
Scott Gordon in my eyes is the right man to lead this young Isles team and while the Islanders have struggled out of the Gordon's time and effort with the young players is paying off. Look at Matt Moulson as another Gordon succes story,last year Moulson played seven games for the kings racking an unimpresive 1 goal, 0 assists, and was a -4. Now look at this year under Gordon, in the six games hes played he has had 4 goals, 3 assists and is a +2 along with leading the team in scoring so far this season. You also can't look past his work with Kyle Okposo, who lead the team in scoring last year and has become a major blip on the NHL radar including becoming a team USA candidate for this years olympic squad.
In the Islanders PB article their is one quote that stands out in my mind that sums up whats been going on, Martin Biron said in the piece,"Scott is giving us the tools to be successful. The staff does a great job going over the game plan and making adjustments between periods. It’s the turnovers that are killing us. That’s up to us as players to correct.”
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