Our team looks totally discombobulated…they don’t know where to go the vast majority of the time. They look like a team that needs some serious coaching. To me it seems as if they are caught in between systems.
Watching this preseason has made me realize one thing… if you want a radical transition from one type of system to another, you better be willing to deal with that transition time, because a team playing in between systems…pretty much looks like we have this entire preseason…..effing terrible, and yet somehow still better than the Flyers.
To me a few players have “made” this team, and a few players had not. If I had to pick the roster to go to war with, this is what I would go (assuming the cap numbers work out).
Kreider – Stepan – Nash
Pouliot – Brassard – MZA
Fasth – Richards – Miller
Dorsett – Moore – Boyle
I think Asham, Fasth, and Miller have all played their ways onto this team, and Kreider just barely hung on. I think based on name he’s going to get some time for several games to see what he can do. I thought Asham would have been a goner, but, to be honest, he was one of our better players all preseason long.
I’d waive Pyatt if I were the coach, but I know that ain’t happening. I just didn’t see anything worthwhile from him, and I personally think he’s a waste of space. Slows the game down, doesn’t do anything. GTFO.
Once Cally and Hagelin are back, you’d figure Fasth, Miller, Dorsett, and Kreider would have to watch out for their jobs barring injuries.
The D would be what you would expect. For a spare D I’d keep Allen if it were me, but I think he might benefit from more playing time in Hartford. You could go with Falk, which would be fine, but he sucks, frankly, the drop after our top 6 is so frighteningly large, I’d be scared shitless if more than 1 defenseman gets hurt this year. Michael Sauer, we miss you.
Luckily it’s only the preseason, but if I were you, I’d expect to see a lot of games like we just saw the past 2 nights….games where the team just isn’t sure where to be, lose coverages, and kill their goalie. Radical coaching changes lead to more problems than you’d expect. I think personality is 1 thing, but completely changing the style is another.
See you Thursday.