Jack Capuano Coaching Strategy
New York Islanders 2015-2016
Jack Capuano Overview
Capuano had his finest professional season in 1990–91, recording 20 goals and 50 points and earning 2nd-team All-Star honors in the IHL playing for the Milwaukee Admirals, Vancouver’s minor-pro affiliate. He received a three-game call-up to the Canucks, where he received the opportunity to play with his brother Dave. The two became the first pair of brothers in Canucks history to suit up for the team at the same time.
He was signed as an assistant coach for the New York Islanders in the 2005–06 season. The team played fairly well, despite a mid-season coaching change, but failed to make the playoffs. The following season, 2006–07, Capuano became an assistant coach for the Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. On April 30, 2007, Capuano was named head coach of the Sound Tigers for the 2007–2008 season.
(source) -> Wikipedia – John Capuano
Capuano also cut out sugar in his “diet” losing a significant amount of weight. When will Ken Hitchcock follow this “diet”?
New York Islanders Overview
Jack Capuano turned the New York Islanders around since he first took over coaching duties back in the 2011-2012 season. He coached the Islanders to their first Stanley Cup playoff appearance the very next season, 2013. Their first playoff appearance in six long years.
Many claimed this would be the year the Islanders get into the playoffs, taking that extra leap, however I am not one of those people. As a matter of fact I’ve been taking notes coming up with a few reasons on why the Islanders will struggle getting into the playoffs.
Causes For Concern In New York
The Islanders are struggling on the road this season (2015-2016) and that’s where hockey clubs either make or break their long 82 game season. As of right now (1/3/16) the Islanders are 9-7-3 on the road which is not that bad, comparing it though to their home record, it causes concern. 21-13-5 home Record (as of 1/3/16)
New York’s a team built on speed. Johnny Boychuk makes a big difference when he’s in the line-up. What’s unique about this Islanders squad is they are fast and Jack Capuano is consistently activating the defense.
One problem though, it’s a big one. Traffic in front of the net is slim if any, and when there is traffic, the Islanders’ forwards get out-muscled. Capuano loves shots from the point as do I, but they are not effective unless there’s traffic in the slot. Then when there’s traffic the Islanders get out-muscled, a big concern in my opinion.
On the defensive side of the ice, they are not aggressive enough. As a matter of fact they appear to go for the body, hesitate, then get undressed. It has happened a number of times this season, as well in past seasons. At least Boychuk destroys players’ when he gets the chance to do so.
Another concern is when the opposition starts a cycle behind the net, the Islanders once again, are not physical. Allowing shots from the point and in the slot.
Now I’m not saying the Islanders are a bad team, they are just not built for the playoffs yet. Although, the Metropolitan Division is looking like trash this season, they may have an easy ride into the playoffs, followed by an early exit.
Jack Capuano Knows His Isles
The Islanders do have a remarkable +13 goal differential which is pretty pucking good but like I said, not strong enough for playoff hockey, yet
Capuano is a great head coach, I love his fast pace style, keeping the defensemen involved in the play. I respect his coaching abilities and looking forward to his continued progress in New York. One season soon, with the right off-season moves, the Islanders will make a solid playoff run. They are not as bad as this blog post may seem. Just need a couple of big bodies.
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