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03-06-2013, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by ekill08x View Post
Streit is extremely overrated. Hes a poor defensive defensemen and Vis is much better offensively. Let him go and call up Donavan who is basically the same type of player. THis team needs a stay at home defensemen in the worst way.
Just because the Isles need a stay at home dman does not mean Streit is expendable. Mark Streit, if put on a team with a better on-ice structure has the potential to be a top 10 scorer amongst dmen.

He has been paired with Finley for most of the year. Finley has been getting progressively better as the year goes on, but he is still a bottom pair dman at best at this point of his career. Dmen are very dependent on system and their defense partner. You have to look no further than Shea Weber, arguably the leagues best dman the last couple of years. Last year, he put up 19-30-49 in 78 gp. This year he would be on pace for 10-20-30 in 78 gp. That's quite a drop off, and a lot of that has to do with the loss of Ryan Suter.

Unfortunately, Capuano has not shown any creativity to maximize on each of his dmen's potential:

For instance, Visnovsky has been paired with Hickey. Why? Both dmen are under 6 feet tall, and do not at all complement each others strengths. Visnovsky would be better off with an AMac or Hamonic. However, even though the AMac/Hamonic tandem has been a combined -24 on the season as the top shutdown d-pair, Capuano has not broken up this pair. How many shutdown pairs are a combined -24? It's clear this pairing is not working. Time to break them up. I would pair Visnovsky with Hamonic, and Streit with AMac. As a third pair, you could have Hickey with Finley/Martinek. The Isles don't need to have a pretend shutdown pair.

Furthermore, the Isles biggest issue is organized breakouts from own zone. Watching the game last night, they consistently threw the puck blindly to the boards. There were very few organized attempts to get the puck out of the zone. This is a systems issue. The Isles need to develop a system that requires less hoping that the puck gets out of the zone, and more goal-oriented efforts to do so. This, IMO is the biggest issue the Isles need to fix going forward. Unfortunately, this is a coaching issue, and one I'm not sure Capuano is equipped to fix.

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