We're back with another edition of the Avalanche Film Room. My apologies for the delay between them as I was dealing with some oddities in writing this but with everything sorted, we're back! Last time, we broke down some great teamwork that led to a highlight reel goal from Matt Nieto.
This time around the focus is on a player who has surprisingly carved out a large role on the better-than-expected Avalanche defense, Patrik Nemeth. Claimed from the Dallas Stars off the waiver wire, Nemeth has steadily ascended the Avalanche defensive lineup and he is fourth on the Avalanche in time on ice (18:53), has already set a career-high in points (12), and currently sits tied for 10th in the NHL in plus-minus (+17!).
Sounds great, right? Kind of. There have certainly been positives for the 26-year-old Swede but today we're going to look at an area where he has consistently struggled this season: puck management. Below is a single shift from Colorado's game at the Edmonton Oilers last week. Being just one shift, it's obviously a small sample but it's a problem that rears itself all too frequently.
Let's jump into it and look at how Nemeth's struggles kept Colorado hemmed in their own zone for over 30 seconds.