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What Will Peter DeBoer Bring To The San Jose Sharks?

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

DeBoer will likely have a heavier hand than his predecessor. One of the central reasons that the Sharks and McLellan parted ways on April 20 was that management wasn’t always happy with McLellan giving his veteran or established players extended ice time, despite prolonged slumps or perceived weak efforts. That should change under DeBoer, who has never been afraid to send messages through reduced ice time or the occasional healthy scratching.

According to a Sharks source, the club likes the fact that DeBoer will make “tough decisions, but he’s also creative and innovative.”

DeBoer is also known as a strong puck possession coach, as more and more teams gravitate toward those types of so-called advanced metrics. The Sharks have typically been strong in that area, although they finished just 13th in the league in possession (as measured by shot attempts) in 2014-15.

In his press conference on April 20, Wilson said: “We’re trying to acquire players that are puck possession players, because that’s the style of game we believe in. You can see where we’re going and where we think the game is going. … We want to play a possession game.”

DeBoer has shown he can do that.

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What Will Peter DeBoer Bring To The San Jose Sharks?
A 1ST overall draft pick.

Posted by Puckbubba on 05/27/15 at 08:39 PM ET

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