Still not exactly sure what to expect from this team. I do think the defense will be a strong point all year. There's been some leakage, especially against the Flyers. Probably due to the "overload" strategy that the Devils employ defensively. Always trying to outnumber the man with the puck. Hopefully they can get the assignments all sorted out in the coming games.
I get kind of pissed when looking at NJD's roster for example. They should be struggling now. Not making it to the SCF's. But they flank Elias with an ultra small skilled Swede in Tedenby and a AHL stiff in Clarkson and get a complete line of it. They have Gionta as their 3rd line center and a soft 1-way Swede in Josefsson as their 4th line center. Torts would never even look at Tedenby (5'8.5), Gionta (5'7) and Josefsson. They wouldn't be good enough along the boards. Torts couldn't even work with MZA. We need someone who is 6'4 and we get players who are "6'4", and then when we are slow and awful -- its not Torts fault because the players aren't talented enough.
They lack a RH PPQB? Sure, give up a 2nd rounder and get Marek Zidlick. He can score almost 0.5 PPG and be a top 2 defensemen for you all the way SCF's. Another player we wouldn't even consider because he doesn't fit the bill. We have missed a RH PPQB forever, but had we put together a top 1000 list of available candidates I am sure Zidlicky wouldn't even have been on it. He is cut first because he doesn't fit the bill.
NJ has a bunch of half slow flawed bigger players and need someone to get the puck up ice, sure doesn't Brian Gionta has a brother? Ok, he is 5'07 and scored 16 pts in 54 AHL games, but can he get the puck up ice? Well then what's the problem. And they get a 3rd line that can put in a good shift in the AHL.
From the Rangers PGT. Not sure if this is a compliment for our coaching staff, an insult for our players or both..
Not to mention the inaccuracies. That AHL stiff also outscored your captain last year FYI.
well, i finally got my gamecenter problems cleared up. now i'm pumped to spend yet another friday night sitting alone in my dorm room watching hockey. whoever invented study abroad i want to kill them.