Wayne Gretzky isn't as smart as people think he is...as an NHL GM
Actually, Barnett is the GM and makes the decisions, not Gretzky. Gretzky is the one that wanted him as the GM, so they're both to blame in a way.
The Grizz suck for several reasons.
1) Coaching - Conacher is worse than McSorely. Didn't think that was actually possible.
2) Young and inexperienced - The better players are prospects (Ballard, Callahan, Gelech, Kories) and are in their first year. Ballard has looked like crap, Koreis isn't getting a whole lot of ice time (for unknown reasons). Callahan and Gelech have been good, but aren't exactly star players.
3) Leadership - The veteran players on this team are not leaders (Naumenko, Berry, Doull).
4) No offense - there isn't a whole lot of offensive stars on this team, and the few who can score are struggling (Taffe & Sjostrom).
The only bright spots on this team are LeNeveu and Pelletier. They can only do so much with what they have in front of them.