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12-01-2012, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by LetsGoBears View Post
McNeill is in freaking beast mode. He is scoring, breaking up plays and just a stud on the ice right now. Orlov looks like the player he was last year finally.

I'm not sure what Oates was doing, but it's a vastly better team since he left.
Simply putting McNeill in the lineup and shifting Orlov back to RD has done wonders. I don't really get why PM wasn't playing...if it was a Johansson thing or an Oates thing (ultimately an Oates thing). The rest of the D wasn't playing that well and evaluation of alternatives doesn't really explain it.

Calling up Berry and then Barlow has given them better depth and complimentary pieces up front. Barlow looks like a better fit with Taffe/DiSal than Syner, Almeida or anyone else that's been tried. They've got what seems like better balance overall now. Maybe it was just solving the mix and timing in terms of chemistry starting to come. I wouldn't too much into Oates' stay in Hershey but I do wonder a bit how much of a motivator he is and whether the umbrella PP is worthwhile.

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