Talking Rick Tocchet’s undeniable impact and Jack Adams Award case: Canucks Conversation

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Clarke Corsan
9 days ago
On yesterday’s episode of Canucks Conversation, David Quadrelli and Harman Dayal analyzed the Canucks’ victory over the Flames, highlighting Thatcher Demko’s sharp return and later, Rick Tocchet’s Jack Adam’s case. 
Note: Yesterday’s episode was recorded before Nashville was confirmed as the Canucks’ first round opponent.
Harm was impressed with the Canucks’ overall performance against the Flames: “Really fun game all around. Whether it was the product on the ice, between the whistles with Filip Hronek, and Thatcher Demko’s return looking extremely sharp. Not just playing well, but as Calgary started to push making some phenomenal saves. That looked like peak, prime, at-his-best Thatcher Demko, so massive checkmark for his return.”
Harm also focused on secondary scorers gaining confidence: “I wanted to see guys like Mikheyev, Blueger, Suter, some of these secondary scorers pick up some confidence down the stretch so they are hopefully able to contribute in the playoffs. None of them scored, but you look at the goals; Mikheyev had a nice entry pass to Pettersson picking up a secondary assist on Höglander’s goal. Blueger with a really patient play shorthanded where he could’ve immediately cleared the puck but waited for his teammate and he feathered a perfect pass to spring Myers, and then Suter as well on J.T. Miller’s goal; nice neutral zone play to disrupt Calgary’s breakout and spring Miller. It was nice to see those guys getting offensively involved.”
The guys then discussed Rick Tocchet’s case for the Jack Adams Award.
Quads highlighted Tocchet’s coaching acumen: “As much as we talk about systems, Tocchet has had a very good pulse — when you have a delicate situation in a room full of proud guys who haven’t accomplished much, and your job is to get them to their full potential…There’s so many good players here, but they had no clue how to play as a team; that’s why Tocchet was brought in, and he showed them how to play as a team and that’s why he’s going to win the Jack Adams award.”
Quads emphasized Tocchet’s honesty and impact: “Something Tocchet said about Dakota Joshua before the season even started – ‘Yeah I’m not going to lie to you, he needs to pick it up.’ That happened in training camp, and for a guy like Joshua, who Tocchet could clearly see as a coach, ‘If we can get this guy to play the way we need him to, he’s going to be instrumental for this team this year,’ and he was bang on… connecting with your players matters as a coach, it’s your job to get the most of the players that you’re given, and Tocchet has done an exceptional job of that this year.”
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