Drew's Thought of the Day - 10/31/2013

Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 5:25 PM
By Drew Remenda - Sharks TV, Color Commentator / Great White Bites
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Drew\'s Thought of the Day - 10\/31\/2013

It starts right after a game and goes right up until the next game. It's the work that the coaches put in breaking down video, scouting opponents and putting into detail what will help carry the Sharks to success.

I will give you the play-by-play:

The team has just boarded the plane for the trip back to San Jose after a tough loss in Los Angeles.
Before the equipment is loaded into the cargo bay, Todd McLellan, Larry Robinson, Jay Woodcroft, Jim Johnson, Wayne Thomas and Brett Heimlich have their individual computers out watching video.

They all watch the scoring chances for and against from the game they just coached. They will also watch for plays both good (foundation plays) and bad (breakdowns) that need to be highlighted and corrected before the next game.

The next step for the respective coaches is to go to work getting ready for the next opponent. Larry Robinson may be scouting the next game while Jim Johnson is analyzing the special teams. While that is happening Jay Woodcroft is scouting the first game of the opponent a game away.

Depending on the schedule, the coaches try to scout a minimum of two games of an upcoming opponent. Very often because of their work ethic they get in three or four games.

Tomorrow morning the coaches will meet early, (before 7AM) and as a group breakdown the scoring chances and tendencies in the previous night's game.

Collectively they will discuss highs, lows, good plays, bad plays and top performers and players that need some extra time with the coaches in order to meet performance expectations. It is important that they do this together, so that everyone is on the same page.

In other words, the players are being held accountable, but in a very honest and positive, "we're all in this to get better" approach.

After the video they practice plan and head out on the ice and put the guys through a fast paced, intelligent skate. Once again, focusing on getting better, everyone on the same page, let's keep pushing forward mentality.

This tireless work ethic and dedication is not uncommon amongst NHL coaching staffs. In "The Show" the coaching staffs are at the top of their game like the players.

What is uncommon from the Sharks perspective is the fun this particular coaching staff has working with each other and the way they process/share information amongst each other and with the players.

I have been privy to the laughs, jokes and good natured chirping that goes on between them. But with the jocularity is a high level of respect for each other, a passion to succeed and a deep love of the game.

So as the Sharks enjoy one of the best starts in franchise history, let's remember to pat the coaches on the back for a job well done....and trust me their continuing on the job right now.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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