Official 2012-13 Houston Aeros/Orlando Solar Bears Thread II
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11-10-2012, 01:15 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Louisville, KY
Outside of the Scandella-Brodin pairing, the D has struggled. The breakout has really struggled without that pairing and it has been evident the past few games. There have been a few key turnovers in each game where a D man or a forward has been tired from the being cycled on and has simply not been able to get it out of the zone.
As for Granlund, other than his first weekend and maybe a shift or two a week later, he was awesome on both ends of the ice.
As others have said, Hackett has looked shaky/unconfident. He has not come up with any huge saves. If you have a defense that can't get the puck out of the zone, is not use to their D partner, and the goalie playing most of the games is not playing well, it makes sense that they will have some difficulty keeping the puck out of their net.
Then you have to consider how many 20 year olds they have in their first NA season in the pros. Granlund (out), Zucker, Coyle, Bulmer, Phillips, Larsson, Brodin. And then Baldwin, the recent callup is also a rookie. For sophomores, you have Foucault, Fontaine, Genoway, and Kuemper. That IS an inexperienced team. Even if there is a ton of skill, they have to learn systems, the AHL schedule, and how each other plays the game. It's not like Rau, McMillan, McIntyre are super experienced either. The only person who has been around a long time is Bagnall and he is a 5-6 d-man on this team.
In short, after all that babble, I think they are fine. I have been frustrated the past two games not due to them losing but due to the work ethic. However, when considering they have lost their two best players and are extremely inexperienced, I know it will take at least a half a season to see what they are as a "Team".
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