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02-25-2013, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob E View Post
I think our problem (not being a legit playoff contending team) is the lack of depth, to state the obvious. This team can put some games together, but can't seem to sustain it.

Too many things have to go right, for this team to win games. Flawless execution, take few penalties (and kill 90% of the ones you do take), force the opposition into taking penalties (and capitalize on over 25% of them), get outstanding goaltending, limit teams to only a few quality chances, play an in-your-face aggressive game, but don't get injured playing that style (by forcing the opposition to match that style to keep up).

You can do the above a few times and win, but it's next to impossible to do it for weeks on end with the depth the Jets have. That's the reason for the up and down record, imo. ROR, Brouwer, and Horton (names that have been thrown around as possible acquisitions) would definitely help, but the cost may be too high to acquire them (Burmi, Trouba, etc). I firmly believe Trouba will have an very positive impact to the roster when he does arrive. Scheifele, too.

Coaches talk about getting contributions from others, when it's needed, well... Welly, Thorbs, Tangradi, Slater, Wright, Antro and Olli all have to give quite a bit more, at forward, if this team is going to go on a playoff run, imo. Ladd, Kane, Wheeler, Burmi and Little have definitely carried the team, and i'm not sure (other than maybe Kane) they can keep the pace they are currently on.

Losing Enstrom, Buff and Redmond for extended periods, moving forward, is another huge blow. I can't see Clitsome, Postma or Stuart being able to play at a level, consistently, they'll be asked to, for the next 30 games. It will be tough. Hainsey, too.

Next 10 games may say a lot.
I don't know that the current team needs everything to go right to pull out a win, but they definitely don't have the guns to win when everything goes wrong. The Jets are +2 at ES and that is with sub par goaltending and Olli, Welly, Antro, Burmi and Tangradi, in witness protection.

In general, it is hard to win when special teams puts you in a hole.


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The Jets are 5-5 in their last 10 and they started the year 3-1-1.

I think those games are a little more representative of this team than the 3 games where nothing went right.

Of course, no Buff and no Toby for a stretch could change that.


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