Is Montgomery taking the correct approach with Poitras?

Published December 11, 2023 at 5:41 PM

Jim Montgomery, the head coach of the Boston Bruins, is being questioned about his decisions regarding the management of rookie center Matthew Poitras' ice time.

"Valuing in-game management is something we've talked to him about. It's still lacking in his game right now," Montgomery said when questioned about why he chose to sit the 19-year-old Poitras during the third period of his team's 5-3 victory against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, despite the Bruins lacking a center. "We're paid to win hockey games. I'm going to go with the guys that I think are going to win us hockey games."

Montgomery's decision appears to be sound. There's a strong belief that had he chosen to field Matt Poitras during the third period and the Bruins lost their second consecutive game, there would've been questioning about his inability to motivate the team after a lackluster 3-1 defeat against the Sabres last Thursday.

Montgomery opted for experienced players, especially led by the seasoned center Charlie Coyle, who delivered an outstanding performance on Saturday, registering a goal, three hits, and three blocked shots during his 20:17 minutes of play. Notably, as pointed out by my colleague at Boston Hockey Now, Mick Colageo, Montgomery also made a strategic move by introducing more size and physicality in the center position, switching Trent Frederic and Morgan Geekie for the final period.

Here is what Matthew Poitras had to say.

"Smile and have fun. I'm playing in the NHL. There's no bad days here. I'm having fun. Just try to keep a smile on my face and get some energy in here."

Source: Boshockeynow
December 11   |   116 answers
Is Montgomery taking the correct approach with Poitras?

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