Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/1/12
THURSDAY'S STORY LINE: Adjusting to a new system -- that's what the four Minnesota Wild players acquired in the past week are trying to do. "It is always tough to learn a new system," said defenseman Kurtis Foster. Foster and the other players will rely on practice time and video to get them up to speed on the new system. Tom Gilbert, acquired from Edmonton on Monday, said the systems are very different. Gilbert said every day you learn and pick up on new things.He had his first full practice with the team yesterday and he also has been looking at lots of video. "They have been showing me video every day and that is a good thing to do just to learn something. They showed me clips of how they do breakouts, how they do neutral zone stuff, the more you see it the easier it becomes," added Gilbert. "The worst thing you can do is think about it every time you are on the ice. You know what you have to do, where you have to be playing, where you are in position. The coaches told me every day we will go over something new, but I feel like I am learning it pretty quick," added Gilbert. For Foster, this is the third system he has had to learn this year. He started the season in Anaheim and was traded to New Jersey before being traded to Minnesota last Friday. "It takes a little bit of time," Foster explained. "This is the third time I have had to learn a new system this year. It is a pretty simple, smart efficient system, but I feel the way they want to play it is a little different. But hopefully this week I can get it down." For Foster, one of the biggest adjustments is the defensive zone coverage. "The biggest thing is the defensive zone. In New Jersey we played almost two, three guys in the corner, but here it is little different," he said. "In Jersey there was no net front D you just got right in the corner and it was a little weird to get used to that and now that I am here it is hard to just not get aggressive and get in the corner." Foster is notorious for his powerful shot, and it was one of the reasons the Wild acquired him to help generate offense from the blue line. Foster said the Wild have been adamant about him shooting on the power play. Shooting the puck from the point is something that should be natural to Foster, but in New Jersey the defenseman got into the habit of passing the puck. With the Devils, forward Ilya Kovalchuk played the other point on the power play. Kovalchuk, has 294 power play points in 759 career games. Foster got into the habit of passing the puck to the offensively dynamic Kovalchuk, a habit he will happily break in Minnesota. "It was what I like to do and what I am best at, but when I was in New Jersey I had a guy like Kovalchuk on my other wing so you felt like you had to pass it all the time. I do find myself looking to pass a little more then I should here. Hopefully the more and more power plays I get, I will have the mindset to shoot the puck all the time and hopefully it will lead to some goals," noted Foster.HE SAID IT: "There in an adjustment period for the new guys to get to know the system. Even the details as far as getting to know the players they are playing against, but overall our team game is the same we ask the same thing from line to line from player to player. So once these guys get familiar with what we got going, it usually isn't a difficult transition," Yeo on players adjusting to the system
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bright future for Minnesota Timberwolves

Eli and Archie Manning say Peyton won’t likely leave Denver if he plays in 2016

NCAA mulls changes to graduate transfer and targeting rules

Cavs active in NBA trade market, covet Jared Dudley

Roger Goodell expectedly dodges Patriots-related questions at Super Bowl

Baltimore Orioles acquire starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

USC athletic director Pat Haden to retire in June

Report: Browns owner ‘frustrated, emotional’ about Johnny Manziel

Raiders and Texans to play MNF game in Mexico City in 2016

Goodell wants to keep Raiders, Chargers in home markets

Deadly shooting breaks out at Dublin boxing weigh-in

Mike Shula vs. Wade Phillips: The best story of Super Bowl 50

WATCH: Avery Bradley nails buzzer beater to beat Cavs

WATCH: Jimmy Butler taken to locker room in wheel chair

Klay Thompson's first five years in historical context

WATCH: Cubs' Kris Bryant went swimming with sharks

Sports Authority taking steps to file for bankruptcy

Major League Baseball threatens to disassociate from DraftKings

NFL considering moving Pro Bowl to Australia

Joe Montana warns NFL players about potential long-term damage after retirement

Report: Two people fired for leaking Jason Pierre-Paul information

‘Crying Jordan’ photographer had no idea it existed until this week

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in the NHL playoff hunt

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

‘Actor’ Todd Gurley wants to make ‘billions’

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker