Seriously, this guy isn't that far away. His defensive awareness is HIGH! Very calm, composed, smart and mobile. He's a keeper.
Gallagher is a psycho. What a good hockey player for a 5'8 19 year old!
Palushaj looks not bad. It's obvious all he's missing is weight. He's usually positioned well and has a good compete level. D'agostini for Palushaj is a wash, I think they'll have a similar nhl impact.
Yemelin is ready. A few minor adjustments and he's good to go. Nothing foundational needs to be re-learned. He'll be fine.
Beaulie just needs to get bigger and needs more experience, he's a good one. Soon(2-3 years) he's ready.
Also guys remember that our better offensive prospects have all been out this pre-season and they have all been offensive two-way centers which would have given the entire pre-season a different feel. I'm talking about Leblanc, Desharnais, Eller and Bournival.
Also, let's not forget the injuries to Nash, Markov and Subban(latter two are not prospects, but would have given the defensive side of the game some structure) which would have given some of these lineups a little more structure and not as errant and lost. There was one or two defensive verterns every game. Defense will be sloppy when that happens.