Hamilton Bulldogs & Wheeling Nailers 2013-2014 "No more Stortini" Edition
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08-16-2013, 09:36 PM
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Can not see Dogs in the PO.
4th worst defense.
Worst ratio of win/loss: .421.
Only thing we were among top was 6th in PIM.
Christian Thomas was 117th among scorer (21st among rookies).
Dumont 162nd, Beaulieu 172nd, Bournival 183rd and Holland 209th.
would be 8th in
Would be the same with Portland or Rochester who lost in first round.
It is not like the Habs: PG decided to tank when he took RC.
So the 15th place of the Habs was not really representative.
Hamilton was 28th in 2011-12.
In 2010-11 they made with PO with Desharnais, Dawes, Palushaj, Maxwell, Wyman and Pacioretty.
Nygreen and Dietz in but St-Denis out.
Let's hope to get .500 and a 12th position.
I don't see the Dogs making the PO before 2014-15.
To make the PO we would need to send down Gallagher, Dumont, Tinordi and add a few vets from NHL UFAs.
They might not make the playoffs but have you heard of player development. The team already has more experience because players like Beaulieu, Pateryn, Ellis, Holland, Bournival and Quailer now have a year of pro under their belts. Nattinen and Leblanc will hopefully be recovered from injury and Bergevin has taken some initial steps to shore up the veteran presence with players like Tarnasky. Thomas provides some some scoring punch.
The AHL rosters are far from set and as the season approaches a couple of more key names could be added along with some exciting first year prospects like Nygren, Dietz and Andrighetto.
Goaltending looks like it could be improve over last year.
Who will the team lose?
- Gallagher only played part of a season and Dumont's production should be replaced by Thomas.
- Tinordi was a leader but the defense will be more experienced this year and shouldn't have to rely on what he could bring. St. Denis had an off year and the addition of Dietz, Nygren and perhaps a veteran could result in a substantially better defense.
- Hagel and Stortini didn't contribute enough to warrant returning and Tarnasky should easily replace one of them
And on a final note, the coaching staff not only has one more year of experience it has more depth with the addition of Stephan Lebeau.
Lots more will happen before the first puck is dropped in the the Bulldogs regular season. True, it may not be enough to make the playoffs but I think the team has the potential to be far more exciting and competitive than last year. I am really looking forward to see how it unfolds.
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