By Jeremy Houghtaling
Breaking down the video helped show Tanner Richard his options.
The Syracuse Crunch center sat down with head coach Benoit Groulx for a 25-minute video session after Richard returned to the lineup last week. Richard, who has been primarily a pass-first type of player, and Groulx went through each shift by the second, shared their thought processes and the choices available on each play.
Richard hopes to continue to refine his decision-making skills with the puck as he continues to develop with the Crunch.
“We were looking at shifts and the passes I made and he would ask what I should have done there,” Richard said. “I’m thinking ‘Well, I made a pretty good pass right on our guy’s tape and he got in a shooting position,’ but then he’s like ‘OK, look at all this free ice. You could have taken it yourself.’
“You want to try and take more control of the game instead of always giving the puck away.”