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07-17-2013, 07:54 AM
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Let's hope the Dogs will improve.
We remember last year was pretty bad but the previous year was also bad.

Difference is the change in philosophy.

In 2011-12, the first scorer of the Dogs were:
Willsie, Enqvist, Palushaj, DeSimone, St-Denis, Dumont, Stafford and Schultz.
Willsie 33, Enqvist 23, Desimone 24, St-Denis 25 and Stafford 31 were all gone at the end of 2012.
Clement Jodoin was the coach.

Production: 34W-35L-2OT, 185GF, 226GA, 1,214pim.

So in 2012-13 the top scorer were:
Dumont, Beaulieu, Bournival, Holland, Tenute, Blunden, Gallagher and Leblanc.
Tenute is 29, Blunden is 25 and everyone else is 21 or below.
Production: 29W, 41L, 1OT. 159GF, 228GA, 1,447pim.
New coach came in: Sylvain Lefebvre.

So we had 5W less, 26GF less and 233pim more.

Difference is that 7 of our top-8 offensive players were gone and replaced on top-6 by younger prospects.

Not sure we can blame Lefebvre for the decrease production.

Grand Rapids won with one 24 year old player (Hogan) and Mrazek (.916) in the goal.
Crunch had JT Wyman (26) among their top-9 with Helenius (25 years old who replace Tokarski) in the goal.

Let's hope our young players did mature with more ice time and we can make the PO this season.

But we must also admit that our AHL pool is well below the TBL and Det.

This season should be better with Andrighetto, Thomas, St.Pierre, Tarnasky, Condon, Dietz, Nygren, Duffy, MacAuley and Fournier added.
In bold, players that should have an impact.

While Tenute, Blunden (waivers), Gallagher and Tinordi are the only ones gone among top players.

So there is going to be a lot of players to fill in our team in AHL and some will be in ECHL ready to be called back.

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