You always play man to man in 3-on-3... Tarasenko was Eichel's responsibility.... poor gap control combined with late recognition and Eichel was doomed.
Yeah, I think he'll get there but it might be a few more years before he improves his emotional maturity... maybe then he'll finally get the captaincy.
Based on your statement, you believe Kane has the Blues defender then?
Ristolainen picks up Stastny crossing the ice onto his side.
Kane is at the Sabres blue line
Eichel is at the red line.
The Blues defender is at the Blues blue line
Tarasenko is crossing the red line.
You are basically saying that Kane does not pick up Tarasenko but instead, despite being the DEEPEST defender on the ice for the Sabres he should stay at the blue line and pick up the Blues defender?
I completely disagree with you. Until the Blues defender enters the play it's a 2 on 3. Eichel's job is to reduce Tarasenko's ice so Kane can cover him easier. Kane's job is to make sure he does not get beat because lo and behold... he is the last defender.
Eichel's job as the high defender is to pick up the Blues defense. Moreover, you want Eichel higher in the zone because he's more likely to beat the Blues player 1 on 1 should Kane or Ristolainen cause a turnover.
It's man to man.. but Kane was the man.