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07-29-2010, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by RabidBadger View Post
You could argue Schroeder and Leddy have enough raw talent it wouldn't matter who coached them. I'm not trying to sound like Garth snow about the program but standards have tailed off the past couple of years. The forwards have done okay the past couple years but the defense has gone to pot with John Hill on board. The Don needs to cut that buffoon loose before it costs him his job. I know replacing a guy like Guentzel is pretty hard to do, the same thing is happening in Madison this year with Osieki leaving, but almost anyone would be a step up from Hill.
Its been ugly lately. It all started a few years ago when players were starting the one and dones. EJ, Kessel OK. Bickel hurt as he was our only big d man. O'Brien hurt up front.

Now tDon has brought in more older USHL players and it we should have more carry over year to year. Lose a few gain a few. Not over haul an entire team on a bi annual basis.

IMO it has not been the D. It has been the forwards up front. Schroeder was only player in the last few years that could pass. We have not had pure snipers since Kessel and Potulny. Our d have typicaly been great passers and good at pinching.

Leddy leaving hurts. But his production from last year can be replaced. He was going to break out this year. Holl is not going to be what Leddy was. But he along with Alt and Schmidt can replace what he gave last year. The key will how far Ness and Fairchild can take us. Parenteau is the wild card. Helgeson should anchor the front much better and forwards off of Kangas.

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