I have been going to the since Greensboro. I have seen the best and the worst. The moments of triumph and the heart breaks. I was there for all of it. At each and every game. This season I had very high hopes for the team.
The good is that we locked up Semin long-term. The guy is amazing. All of the time I am hearing everyone says defense this and defense that. While I do think letting Allen walk was the biggest mistake of the off-season I do not feel that our defense is the problem.
I've watched every game. It's our fore check that is the problem people. Our first line is amazing and should remain untouched. But after that, the skill is there but the physicality is not. We have one guy out of all our forwards that brings that physical dyanmic to the ice and he only played 2 games this season before getting injured again. We all know who I am talking about.
I truly feel that in the off season if we add more grit we will be much much better. I don't think we need a legitimate 60-70 point/ season power forward here. But 2 maybe 3 guys who are of decent size, can put up at the very least 30 points, and hit and hit often will do wonders for our team.
It's the lack of physicallity that is costing us these games. Washington man handled us. They did so because they hit us and hit us often. Our physical play is non-existent. We need guys who are bangers. They won't cost much. But we really need them in order to establish a fore check and ware teams down from a physical aspect and allow our finesse to play its game.
It took me a while to realize this and by no means am I a hockey expert. But we all know there is a problem when once in a blue men we see a check into the boards. This off season I have high hopes that we will bring 1-2 guys on board that can do these things a long with a very healthy Ruutu. Our AHL guys just are not cutting it from the forward department. The only guys who might be decent are Nash and Terry and maybe Welsh(big maybe) once he develops. What are your thoughts on this? Am I being a homer here or does anyone else think it's our lack of a physical forecheck that is the problem?
If you have 1 guy on each line or almost every line that hits. The other guys on that line will feed off of his energy and hit as well. Where is the physicality? It's going to be a snow flake in hells chance that we are making it to the post season this year. We are going to be the laughing stock of the league next year. Especially in the new division. Discuss!