Before you go any further, read this article on Shea Theodore’s offensive impact on the Golden Knights. Once you are done with that, come back and listen to this interview.
The author of the article, Jack, and I dig into the stats, the systems, the theories, and the realities behind the Golden Knights struggles to score and how Theodore’s play effects it. We talk about sheltered minutes, DeBoer’s system, the VGK forward group, rebound chances, transition play, stick blade curvature and so much more.
All of this is in the hopes of answering Vegas’ million-dollar question, why aren’t expected goals turning into real goals?
Steve Mayer is the Chief Content Officer for the NHL. He’s also the “Mayor of the Bubble” as he is the man in charge of the game, stadium, and television presentation that we are all seeing from the games in Edmonton and Toronto. Steve is currently living in the Edmonton bubble where one of his duties is as the executive producer of the tremendous behind-the-scenes TV docuseries “Quest For The Stanley Cup.”
The show chronicles the final eight teams’ run to the Stanley Cup including never before seen on and off ice footage. The show debuts on ESPN+ on Wednesday, September 2nd where the first episode goes in-depth on the decision NHL players made to take two days off in protest of racial injustice and Ryan Reaves’ profound impact on that decision.
Steve and I chatted about the show, game presentation in the bubble (including my one bone to pick), what to expect for the Conference Finals and Cup Final, future NHL events in Las Vegas, and so much more.