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04-07-2013, 11:34 AM
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Sherman greatly overestimated two things this season:

1) Lack of defensive capability of his current forwards. Winnik and McClement played large roles in getting pucks out of our zone that our current crop can't come close to matching. I can't tell you how many mistakes I see from our young forwards in the defensive zone on a nightly basis. Many blame the D but forwards are also largely at fault as well.

2) The value of veteran leadership on young teams. Someone like a Ray Whitney, while not a long term piece to the puzzle, can help stop a losing streak by scoring key goals, take over a game once in a while, pick guys up in the locker room when they are struggling etc. Sorry, Hejduk, Kobasew, and Hejda are not vocal leaders and are not skilled enough to take over even 1 game a season. It even more necessary w/ such a young captain.

I hope whoever is GM can bring in 1 or 2 strong veteran leaders in the offseason. Preferably who can provide strong defensive play and timely scoring support.

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