3 insights from watching Martin St. Louis’ Canadiens

Mitch Giguere

Mitch Giguere ChPC, is the father of four children and a passionate hockey coach. Coach for the Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) in various positions. Mitch has his High Performance 2 from Hockey Canada and has an Advanced Coaching Diploma (NCCP4) from the Canadian Sports Institute.

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Since Marty took over on February 9th, the Habs are a brand-new team.
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It’s hard not to talk about the Montreal Canadiens, or I should say, Martin St. Louis’ Montreal Canadiens. Since Marty took over on February 9th, the Habs are a brand-new team, although they are still battling for last spot in the NHL.

I’ve noticed a transition by watching the Habs under St. Louis. They are much faster, are using more options, and if they miss the transition, they establish their forecheck because they have a lot of speed. Here are three small details that could help coaches and teams from any level.

Outlet Options

Right away, we notice they hold onto the puck through the middle, having two players coming back low and opening up on each side. They have two flat options and can decide which side they can go if they don’t carry. They are filling up the three lanes. In some videos, we can see another forward coming down low, curling, and being an option behind F1.

Since Marty took over on February 9th, the Habs are a brand-new team . . .

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