When asked to play the latest installment of High/Low Hardy offered the following:
HIGH - They way the whole unit competed. The kids really brought it today. Everything from offense, defense, the fights. It was a very balanced attack.
LOW - They needed to shoot more. Some people might not see that when you win 4-0. However, they had plenty more chances they didn't take advantage of today. Actually, that was one of the key contrasts to yesterday's game. Last night their goalie saw everything. That's why he was able to stop everything. Today, they kids needed to shoot more. The chances were there.
His "low" must have still been lingering when we later spoke about the pros starting camp this weekend and what was top of mind for him to help the guys work on next week. One word came to mind - offense. He says when you score 114 5-on-5 goals the season before developing a "shot mentality" should be first and foremost. He wants to see them crash the net more and build on the solid defensive foundation established last season.
Finally, I asked him about his MVP of the two game series. He started by saying that obviously Schenn was going to get a lot of mention after scoring two goals today. Yet, he would have to select Kyle Clifford...saying he played hard every shift, showed tons of grit and looked like a true power forward. Hardy claimed when Clifford starts to balance all of those traits out a little bit he will become the player they were hoping for when they drafted him.
Thanks Harpo. Take it easy on the dancing this week. Camp #2 is starting. The playoff push begins now.