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The Ever Changing Game

from Jeff Svoboda of BlueJackets.com,

This week, BlueJackets.com is taking a look at a few ways in which the game of hockey is changing right before our eyes. From a game that's getting faster by the second to one increasingly impacted by analytics off the ice, the NHL and the Blue Jackets are in the midst of an age of rapid transition. This week's stories will take a look at those trends across the league and how the Blue Jackets are staying at the forefront of all that is going on. 

Josh Anderson is one of the fastest players in the NHL, possessing a speed burst that can make the big winger appear like a freight train trucking over the ice.

And yet, when asked in May how he wants to improve upon his game this summer, the Blue Jackets winger had a quick answer. 

"Skating," he said. "I think you can get faster. You see how fast the game is now today."

For Markus Nutivaara, a puck-moving defenseman with the ability to glide across the ice with the best of them, the answer was the same. 

"Work on my skating," he said. "The game is going so fast. I want to get faster and strong legs, be a good and fast skater."

They're certainly not wrong. What was once billed as the coolest game on earth now might very well be the fastest.


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Hank1974's avatar

At one point, Dean Youngblood was the fastest player in the league, but now he’d be an average skater.
It may not be in my lifetime, but I do think the NHL may eventually go 4-on-4 full time.
The game was once played 6-on-6 and two skaters were removed due to the fact the game got faster and there was less room on the ice.
As Bob Probert said, in his day, every team had 2 or 3 great skaters, a bunch of average ones, and then 1 or 2 slow guys. But now, almost every player on the roster is fast with only 1 or 2 ‘average’ skaters.
And all that speed is used for defensive purposes.

It’d be interesting to see how the game would look with only 8 skaters on the ice.
Especially if you shortened the bench from 18 to 14.

Posted by Hank1974 on 08/06/19 at 11:31 AM ET

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