The big team weaknesses: the defense and the powerplay, can both be attributed to absence of personnel as much as to poor coaching. As good as the forwards on the PP are, we still lack the PPQB, which isn't a necessity for a good PP, but it's a good start. I'd like to see some steady improvement in the PP as the year goes on, that will be a good sign.
The defense, though, I think is much more of a personnel problem. The problem is our forwards are suited to one kind of game, and the defense is suited for another, and we're playing to the strength of the forwards as opposed to the weakness of the defense. In the short-run that probably hurts us; in the long-run, it probably helps us, if we can find a way to improve our personnel.
But in terms of strong, 2 way defensemen, I think that we're going to be very strong in that department eventually. Larsson's going to be a big time top pairing D, and I see Fayne developing into a Paul Martin-type for the 2nd pair. But you also expect that DeBoer will also need to get better D from the forwards as well. That's been missing almost as much as what we've seen from the defensemen.
Where our highest paid D, Volchenkov, is fitting in all this I honestly have no clue.
In truth, I've got confidence in the future personnel of the defense. I think there are enough young prospects (Gelinas, Burlon, Merrill, etc. on top of Larsson and Fayne) that we'll be able to fill the 3 mobile spots without difficulty. Then we'll probably have extras we can pawn off to fill other holes.
Last edited by Classic Devil; 01-08-2012 at 11:09.