Grade the Season.
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04-25-2011, 06:14 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Jersey City, NJ
1. Overcame lots of injuries to key personnel, and a way below par scoring season from it's superstar to claw it's way into the playoffs kicking and screaming.
2. Girardi lead entire league in blocked shots
3. Lundqvist was among top 5 goalies in the NHL
4. Callahan and Dubinsky each firmly planted themselves as team's go-to point producers and leaders despite injury plagues season
5. AA had an excellent development season. High hopes will be pinned on him next year, but he showed that he's much more of a capable highly skilled two way center than a Kvasha/Antropov.
6. Staal logged massive minutes all against top units, mostly opposite top wingers, and the NYR had one of the best goal differentials in the entire league.
7. Boyle, Prust, Fedotenko gave us the exact type of lunch-pail play PLUS production a team needs to be successful.
1. The only lines to ever find effective chemistry and remain together for any stretch was our Pack line, and our 3rd line. If you're not getting production from your top player, imho you need to change the dynamic or the concept. Neither really happened and we rollercoastered all season in the G's department
2. McD, Sauer integrated into line-up seamlessly, and both logged big minutes for us the whole way.
3. PP was abysmal. No creativity, and when it was blatantly apparent we didn't have the playmakers to run a creative PP, only a small experiment putting Staal in the high slot was ever tried and then scrapped.
4. PK was great all season, but I guess that belong in the team category. I mean all PK's play exactly the same, kind of comes down to heart, skill, and vision.
5. Dealt with a ton of players coming in and out of the line-up, and the team kept a positive vision and adhered to a team first concept. Had our most successful stretch right down the wire final 20 games or so to get into the playoffs.
6. Eminger and Avery were head and shoulders more effective then anyone that Tortorella kept insisting on replacing them with.
1. 8 years into the rebuild and we haven't produced a 1c or #1 PMD yet.
2. big ticket item, shiny toy, fell flat on his face. with reports coming out that he'll play for Slovakia, he obviously wasn't injured. Our one trick pony had no tricks this season.
3. the 2 season additions of Wolski and McCabe were meaningless. Wolski's contract is hilarious compared to his production, and will need to be moved or bought out. McCabe will no way be retained.
4. McD, Sauer, and Stepan all made the jump to Broadway and each looked promising. Stepan and McD still need their skills to grow into their talent, and Sauer was already a beast for us.
5. 2 of the 3 offseason acquisitions were a Torts target for benching and healthy scratching (Frolov, Eminger), while Fedetenko had a stellar season as a contributing role player.
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