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12-12-2012, 08:35 AM
Join Date: Feb 2006
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Kinda obvious actually... Barons has had the same coach since it started...There are two options here.
1st, the "NHL" players are stuck in the gamesystem that was Tom Renney and cant adapt...
2nd, too much too soon... the "top dogs" are being outperformed by a defenseman...
3rd option. The "top dogs" are performing just fine. Eberle is 2nd in league scoring, Hall has 19 points in 15 games and Schultz is the most dominant d-man the AHL has seen in years. Unfortunately thats about where it ends. The actual prospects on the team are massively underwhelming producing next to nothing with the excpetion of a couple. The Baron's strength over the past two seasons, strong veteran AHL players, has become a weakness. The defense is painfully inexperienced and/or just plain bad. The oldest healthy d-man on the team right now is
at the age of 24.
The AHL is a development league yes, but it absolutely is not a league for kids. You look at any successful AHL team and you will find a team that has experienced professional veterans playing in key support roles, especially at defense.
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