It seems like the coaches are rotating on the bench each game. I'm not too fond of the idea of the Washington coaches being on the bench for the game. If anyone at all it should be just Oates. Last game Mann wasn't on the bench and one of the Caps assistant coaches (not sure which one) was running the defense. I thought that as a player it would be weird to have these guys come in and take over especially if you have been with th organization and with French/Mann for a few years
Also, don't think the coaches are using Galiev right. He should be on a line with a play maker or a bigger body that will create space for him. Galiev seemed to be doing a lot of dumping and chasing and not a lot of skill work. Just my perspective from the Sunday game. Hamil looked really good and I thought him, taffe, and disalvatore were the best forwards. Defense played ok and was surprised to see both Marshall and McNeil scratched (McNeil was a vet scratch). Grubauer played very very good and looked like a veteran. Very good positioning. Only mistake was the big rebound right to Binghamton that led to the goal. Lockout needs to end soon and he needs to get a lot of games in. Could be a hell of a steal in his draft class if he keeps developing at this pace
The transition from O to D is just bad and Sabo is not getting it done. I've seen Mann out for Calle, but I honestly can't remember who the Caps' third coach is... I agree to a degree on Galiev. He isn't being used the greatest, but he is being too "cute" to make a case to be moved up.
Tim Hunter is the other. The assistant in question was likely Calle since that will be his responsibility in DC. I don't recall hearing anything about Hunter being in Hershey but I may have missed it.
From what I've seen Hershey is just too slow for where the pace of play is now under a lockout. They're one of the oldest teams in the league--if not the oldest--and it's apparent in that regard. Execution hasn't been good either but from a sheer skill standpoint this isn't a very strong Hershey club IMO.
Holtby started the season with the .875 Sv% game, but in the four next he had the total of 143 saves on 149 shots, that's .959 Sv%. No less than 30 saves in each game. Honestly, watching all Hershey games it's easy to imagine their record looking really ugly without Holts. Grubauer is the big hope in case the lockout is over. But he's a big hope because he's a big question mark.
Orlov has not looked himself this year in Hershey. Seems to be struggling from the games I have seen. Has a hard time keeping the puck in the offensive zone, tries to do too much, and has a lot of bad passes that lead to turnovers. Galiev has also struggled. Doesn't seem to find open areas and is very timid on the ice. Really needs to adjust his game. When he has open ice, his stick handling and dekes are very well executed. When he is under pressure, he turns the puck over or makes a quick pass like he doesnt want the puck. The defense has been horrid. Only bright spot has been Kundratek who has been on another level compared to the other defensemen. Wouldn't be surprised to see some changes on the the back end (P.McNeil should finally see some ice time). This could be a long and brutal season
Orlov not looking himself reminds me of Eminger and his struggles during the lockout up in Portland. He came back a totally different and worse player. Not saying Orlov will take the same route...but just thinking back.