Breaking Down Their Strengths and Weaknesses Heading into 2013
For the weaknesses these are my opinions:
Defensive-zone / Defense
Defense can be imporved by better coaching(I think the defense should be better because the coaches have a better understanding of each other). I think with the center position imporving that shound help the D. Yeah the defense needs to improve, with 1 more under their belts that should help.
The coahes can also help the players understand the PK better and stuff like that. And the addtion of Alexei Ponikarovsky should help.
They have to work at it as individuals and as a team and with the addtion of Olli Jokinen that should help, faceoffs are key to winning games.
Last edited by Hank Chinaski: 08-04-2012 at 08:16 PM.
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That's interesting, because in alot of the games I watched, I always thought that their puck possession in the offensive zone was quite poor. More often then not it was a one shot and then out again type of scenario. That was one I maintained through the season and especially in that scoring drought, they needed to establish that forcheck and keep pressure on the goalie.
The only thing Jokinen doesn't help is with faceoffs... He's not too strong there.
I also think our team and coaches did quite well with defense (exception: Randy Jones). With basically the exact same top 6 our team reduced shots against from being one of the worst in the league to about average.
Goaltending, lack of depth for scoring options and line matching, away games, back-to-backs, PK and the number of penalties I say was our 3 largest weaknesses.
Change those and we'd been 8th seed easy. Of course those things are all easily related.
Better depth (check!) and more consistent Pavs (cross your fingers) and all those problems all but disapear.