Thread: Speculation: Acq/ Rost. Bldg./ Cap Part XVII
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01-27-2013, 01:40 AM
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Originally Posted by NobodyBeatsTheWiz View Post
So, for one who hasn't been able to watch, is this all a personnel issue, is it a coaching issue, a little of both?
I wouldn't necessarily say either. It has taken them a while to get up to speed with the new system, and it's debatable if they're there yet. Special teams have been awful, but are improving as well (except for the power play, which is still mind-bogglingly bad).

Of the top 6, Wolski and Ribeiro are living up to their billing. Backstrom has been largely meh and Ovechkin has shown flashes but is inconsistent at best and doesn't look engaged. The rest of the top 6 has been a rotation of Johansson, Brouwer, Beagle, Crabb, and anybody Oates could put in a sweater. Johansson looks completely out of place on the wing, and marginally better at center.

On D, Green has played very well. Alzner has been ok (improving), and Carlson has been awful. Poti has been surprisingly good. Haven't noticed much from Hamrlik. Erskine is Erskine. Schultz has improved his physicality to Girl Scout Camping Trip level (I saw him play the body TWICE in the same game). Kundratek has looked like a rookie PMD. Orlov is still hurt.

Holtby has been off, Neuvirth on, but nobody can keep the puck out of the net the way the skaters are playing. This is mostly due to mind-numbing penalties in large quantities. Scoring has been largely nonexistent outside of Green and Ribeiro.

If you'd had the opportunity to watch, you would have seen the play starting to come together at even-strength and on special teams, but it's definitely not there yet. The passing is still pretty bad, though the breakout already looks miles better than under Hunter.

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