Selecting players.I read an article today about how to select individual players for sports teams. I would like to implement some of these ideas within my field. But, one of the things I do when selecting players, unlike most coaches, I do things just a little different and unconventional when selecting players.
I have found that even though there are great individual hockey players out there, the best ones know how to read and react to the play, and it just not them, but the whole line in which they play on. You see, I have found that when I see a line in which I scout, it's not an individual sport, so when it comes time to selecting a play, I select the whole line (forwards only) to the team. Defense if not a line...it's a pair!
I have found that most of the time, kids go from year after year to team after team with the same friends. If you select one player out of the three, you break up the chemistry within that line. Why, because they have been playing together for so long and they know exactly where the other players going to be.
Can you teach three new players to do the same thing? Yes! But, it might place you back by several months. Plus, if this line performs the way they do, it's because they (all three of them) have a special relationship and this is something you do not want to break up. Why would you? This is like gold. Once you have three players scoring and doing all of the magic, you don't want to break this up. Example: Edmonton Oilers (Circa: mid to late 80's)
Well, unless you are a NHL owner and you just won the Stanley Cup and now you want to sell off all of your players thinking that you are going to make more money from them by selling then like a used car at a chop shop! Oops, did I just say that? Sorry! Example: Edmonton Oilers. (Circa: mid 90's) or Chicago (Circa: last year...what the heck) Side note: I would think that if you have more Stanley Cups rather then 1 in the last 50 years, that maybe, just maybe you might make more money if you have all of the key players in place. Oh, I know, boo hoo, you couldn't meet the salary cap. Maybe that needs to be though of in the near future when you go about selecting players...hum, there's an idea!
So, what happens when you have a line that has Chemistry? I'll tell you what happens, they are fun to watch. I don't care who you are, the team's coach, the coach on the other team, or the fans in the stands. It's a 1000 times better to see a line with chemistry rather then that same old "Dump and Chase" bull shifting sand. Yes, I know that's a great tactic (not) but it takes the finesse out of the game. And as a paying fan at an NHL game, that's not what I came to see or pay for. If I wanted to see that type of game, I could go watch the Minnesota Wild play. (Circa: early 2000)
So, when you look at players for your team, just don't look at one player because he just might not be the engine that drives the machine. See how much chemistry they have first and then select the whole line...IMHO!