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Isles claim Thomas Hickey (D) off Waivers
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03-11-2013, 11:01 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: New York
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Bang on. I think AMac or Strait should be ont he bottom pair with Carkner (when healthy). Really, we only have about 3 DEF that are decent...
Hammer - XXX
Streit - XXX
Carkner - Amac/Strait/Hickey..maybe even put Streit in this pile.
This teams has to upgrade huge on DEF and in the net.
It isn't just the defensemen, the forwards on this team (other than a handful) are lost in the defensive zone and there is no system. Part of this is on Capuono. The rest is on Wang/Snow.
You can get by without physical dmen if everyone is in the right position and the puck gets out of the zone quickly. The Red Wings have not had a lot of big hitters on their d but are very successful. When the Penguins won, they had Orpik and no other physical dmen, but instead guys like Eaton and Scuderi who were sound positionally. Same with New Jersey last year. They made the finals with Volchenkov being the only big, physical dman.
The problem is, if you aren't going to be physical and take players out, you need to be in the right place at all times. The Isles are completely undisciplined in their own zone, forwards and defensemen. Nobody knows where they are supposed to be. When they do get the puck, they can't clear it. Simply put, they are a mess in their own zone. It isn't from not being physical enough, it is from not being good enough.
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