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Anatomy of a Rebuild Written by Flo Rida - December 1st, 2011

17 & 18 of 82

Two more games in the books but the results leave more questions then answers. Lundqvist started both these games and was pulled in the first game, yet manages to get a shut out in the second. The strange thing is that the first game was against a much weaker opponent, the Hurricanes who currently sit in 12th position. While the shutout came against the conference leading New Jersey Devils.

Again we see a lot of the offense coming from out defense. In these two games we got goals from Hedman, Redden and Lidstrom. While only two of our 5 goals came from forwards, Gagner and Giroux.

We continue to get into penalty trouble, giving up 10 man advantages compared to 7 power play opportunities. It has gotten better, but still room for improvement. I guess the bright side is that opposition went 'OH For' on their ten chances.

It's time to see who is staying with the big club for the entire season and who is getting sent down to the farm. This is all about the future so we will see how the young players are doing in the NHL and if they are putting up good numbers while faultering in the CMHL, we may have to make a move before they hit the 20 game mark.

Players on the bubble are:

Derek Stepan. It's looking like he will stay with the big club as he is out perfroming his NHL double 11pts in 18 compared to 12 in 21. If sent down he will be replace by Colin Wilson, who will have the same amount of games to show what he can do

Blake Wheeler. 13 pts in 24 games for the NHL jets would lead to a decent rerate but not sure we can afford to send him and his 5g down to the minors. With the lack of production from the forwards his 5 goal are only behind Hall and Bailey. If we decide to make the move, he will be replaced by Seguin. Seguin won't see more then twenty games regardless of how he does, because he is having a killer NHL sophmore season.

Ray Whitney. What to do with Ray! He is having a good NHL season but will be a UFA at seasons end. With the status of Lidstrom up in the air, we are not sure we can resign Whitney. So do we send him down and let him leave freshly rerated, only to have him go to an arch rival? Most likely he will finish the season on the third line in Florida.

Bobby Butler. Got off to a fantastic start to the season. We will juggle, Stalberg, Kennedy and Butler, and monitor their progress and games played, very closely.

 

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