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01-14-2014, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by TheRightWay View Post
Those are a whole lot of "should've's" that are hardly based in objectivity. If anyone was 100% expecting a 20 year old to progress to the NHL or two young guys from Sweden to come to a brand new continent with a totally different rink size and playing style and not miss a beat then that's their problem. Not Gernander's problem or the players' problems. Sure, if you want to attribute a bad Hartford team to a general statistical deflation then be my guest. That still does not explain why Hrivik has fewer goals than Ryan Bourque and Darroll Powe despite playing more offensive minutes.
With the notable exception of Artem Anisimov (years ago now) we haven't had a single prospect with offensive talent matriculate after spending significant time in the AHL. Every offensive talent we have that has graduated to the NHL has either a) come up before Gernander took over, b) played primarily in college or c) played primarily in the NHL with occasional shuttle jumps back to the Wolfpack. Even Kreider played his worst hockey when he had the extended run under Gernander during the lockout. And yet, we have had success with the guys who've gone those other routes. Just a coincidence? After this many years?

As I think back, I wonder how many promising players like Parlett, Sanguinetti, Kundratek, Thomas, Grachev, etc. might have fared differently with a different coach - and that's just the guys who disappointed based on their pre-AHL resumes. Where are the surprises, the unheralded guys who have developed due to his superior coaching?

Furthermore, look at the overall team performance during his tenure. It's gone from playoff disappointments to not making the playoffs, to one of the worst seasons I've ever seen a professional hockey team endure - in what was supposed to be one of its BEST seasons, based on personnel. If you watch the team, they show no real system, the players don't appear to develop and an alarming number stagnate.

We need to get rid of Gernander NOW - otherwise, I very much fear that we will soon be writing off the majority of Kristo, Lindberg, Fast and McIlrath. I'm afraid that it may already be too late for guys like Hrivik, Yogan and Jean.

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