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03-01-2013, 01:22 AM
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Well you have to define the kids.

Eakin, Smith, Dillon, Roussel, Larsen have all been good to pretty good. Oleksiak really needs to be back in the AHL.

Jordie Benn shouldn't fall in that category as he's not really NHL caliber. So 5 of the 7 kids have been more than acceptable despite the penalties and missed assignments on occasion.

Eriksson, Jagr, Morrow, Nystrom, Fiddler, Goligoski, Roy, and now Benn have been flat out terrible for long stretches of this season. To say nothing of Bachman/Nihlstorp.

The defense as a whole is atrocious and the system that defines what responsibility the forwards have on the back check and break out either is not sinking in with players or is not a good matchup with our players.

How long did St. Louis languish after Pronger left and before Hitchcock came and took their talent and brought out the best of it? That's us except we're further back along the track because as much as we want the kids to be ready there's still probably a season or two beyond this where guys like Oleksiak, Nemeth, Fraser, etc are still just going to be getting their NHL careers started.

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