Eventually the Canucks are going to start playing hockey games again, and looking at how they used to play and what changes we can expect from the on-ice product has value.
Typical of this organization, establishing a baseline is difficult. Usually, I can make heads or tails of a team’s system in about a period. The analysis doesn’t stop there, but you can glean enough from those 20 minutes – the forechecking patterns, defensive formations, and breakouts – to grasp a team’s guiding principles. It helps that the league is incredibly structured and the strategic patterns are similar from team to team.