Thursday, October 13, 2016
QUENNEVILLE'S MESSAGE TO YOUNG BLACKHAWKS: PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS IN SEASON-OPENER
Here we are again, preparing for another opening game.
For half of the Blackhawks, this is old hat. For many, however, this is new territory. It will be a bit stressful, it will be a little intimidating, but the Custom Blackhawks Jersey are sending a message to their new players immediately: stick with what we have here.
Coach Joel Quenneville the meetings held individual players before the game Wednesday night, the Blackhawks season opener against the St. Louis Blues. There are a lot of new faces in the lineup, but the overall message is the same for all of them.
"Make sure you're comfortable out there, play to your strengths and the things we are trying to instill in them technically. We do not want you to be thinking there every shift, so trust your instincts and we will reinforce doing things well and good habits as you go along here, "Quenneville next skate Wednesday morning said. "Be comfortable, be confident and be ready to play."
two lower lines forward the Blackhawks' have a majority of their new faces, including Tyler Motte. The former star of the University of Michigan is aligned with Marcus Kruger, who has already found a good chemistry in penalty killing. Any familiarity has developed with young veterans is key in how quickly everything clicks.
"He's done a great job of helping me with systems especially in the PK here," Motte said Kruger. "It's good to have someone like that in your line and in situations like that."
While the Blackhawks Winter Classic Jersey have new staff, the blues have something of a new identity. Gone are some of the best known faces, including former captain David Backes. Troy Brouwer and goalie Brian Elliott also gone. So the Blues have their own settings.
"It was a little different, but guys like me and (Vladimir Tarasenko) and Jaden Schwartz, who are asked to have more of a leadership role this year, we learned from those guys. We were lucky we were able to play with them and be in a locker room with them for so long, "said defender Kevin Shattenkirk blues. "It's something we'll have to adjust to, and (are) asking to intensify younger but those are the growing pains that have to go through a young player."
It's a whole new season, and some of the Blackhawks, a whole new experience. They are here for a reason. Now they will see if it translates into a successful hockey regular season.
"I will not go out and try to play a different game. The coaches and the kids (veterans) have told me that," Motte said. "It may be on a bigger stage, the official opening game of the night, but the sport is no different. You have to go play in the same way."