Posted 24 April 2014 - 10:58 PM
The series has also highlighted a number of things we all knew.
This team is too small.
This is a roster in transition, trying not to waste the final years of D & Z, but has too many rookies and vets and not enough at their peak.
Howard is a good no 1 goalie, but will never be a great one. The monster is a decent back-up but plays a scary style.
If tootoo's offence hadn't vanished, he'd be a valuable playoff man in the east.
Legwand hasn't really worked, but has shown more then Weiss did.
We still desperately need a no 1 D. Too many we have have strengths matched by weakeness. Ericsson has no offence and goes on bad runs of form. Smith, though improved, still takes far too many risks. Lashoff is a career no 7 at best, as he doesn't move the puck well enough. Kindl has all the tools to be a good 2nd pairing man, but lacks the aggression and courage under pressure. DD is a solid 2nd pairing guy, who occasionally makes rookie mistakes, and hasn't much offensive upside. Quincey is better than most think he is, but is a 3rd pairing 2 way d-man trying to learn how to be an anchor....
Up front we have more balance with helm back, but desperately need guys who can finish. Franzen, for all the criticism, is getting chances, making decent rushes and being defensively responsible, but is on one of his increasingly regular dry spells where he can't finish. As someone said, he's a 3 rd line forward who will occasionally be unstoppable for a month. He also plays a LOT better with Zetts than any one else at Centre, so if he's being second line, it needs to be with z and nyquist for speed. Otherwise 3rd line for the mule except when he heats up. He's still just about worth his salary, but remains frustrating as hell.
Other than that Alfie has a great shot, but most of them are pass first guys who can finish. But we've been crying out for a goal scorer for YEARS.
The positive is, some of the solutions to some of these problems are in the system.
Mrazek could be Hasek lite, but either way will push jimmy more than gus, being someway between the two.
Sproul will hel our PP no end, and has great size. While we wait for him to tune his defence,Almquist could be a PP stop gap. A slower Rafalski...
Marchenko and Oulette have shown they can contribute safely enough, so it's safe that at Least one will surpass kindl and Lasshoff.
AA - Greek lightning - Brings blazing speed and decent size. And a lot of skill.
Mantha has the potential to be 1 year away from the guy Pav has been waiting for since Hossa. Best prospect we've had since zetterburg.
Callahan can bring some more sandpaper with a hint of goal sniffing
Jurco uses his size well despite being a skill guy.
Others show possibilities but are harder to pick confidently.
Still not enough size......
Not sure how we fix that, as trades and FAs are not holland's strong point it seems