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10-15-2013, 10:18 AM
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He seems to have addressed a couple of the chronic problems in faceoffs and SOG - but overall I'm concerned. Of course, this is still early, but my first impressions:

Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle are having terrible starts. Not only are they not scoring, but they aren't creating. The top line, as a whole, has been basically brutal all year. Why? Who knows. But he better figure it out.

Nail Yakupov. Not much more needs to be said here. Starts leading goal scorer on a brutal scoring line and then benches him when he doesn't score. Bad asset management here.

Team defence. A total joke, really. This isn't ALL Eakins, as Steve Smith has been sewering our d-corps for a number of years now, but this team as a collective is soft, scrambly and completely disorganized.

Special teams. The PP doesn't look quite as dynamic as last year, but the PK has been abysmal. Keep in mind Eakins really pumped his PK scheme going into the season. It's been a total flop thus far.

Positives: He's found a decent second line that is producing.

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