I think when Mez gets back healthy we will be fine on D. He has a nice shot from up top and he can pinch very effectively etc.
However, I'm not sure what to expect from a player who had to undergo back surgery, archilles tendon surgery, and now a dislocated shoulder all within more or less a year.
His skating is affected a little as well as his slapshot I guess and mobility and upper body strength may also not be the same for a while...
Pass. The defense has not been an issue for the most part. Foster has been pretty bad at times, but Gervais has been fine as a bottom pairing guy. I don't see the need to bring in a guy like Petrecki at this point. If Mez (or someone other than Gervais/Foster) is out for good at some point, then I think I'd rather have someone better than Petrecki. I wouldn't mind getting someone to replace Foster at some point as the 7th D-man, but I can live with him on a limited basis for now.