Fred wrote:I was listening to the Moose coach on 1040 and the only time his voice seemed to show any passion was when he spoke of Edler. Which lead me to think maybe we should save a year of Bourdons fee agency said him back and bring up Edler.
Ohlun is ceratinly struggling IMO and that's not good, he's been the horse back on the blue line for so long,
I agree the dfense has been better but inlarge part that has been accomplished by the forwards back checking s lot better than I've seen for a few seasons. But also in part by the defensive play of Krjicek and Bieska who have fortunitly shown themsleves to be better than many, including myself could hope for
on Ohlund. Absolutely agree and I've mentioned before. But I'm not sure he has to shoulder anymore of the load. He was always the go to guy defesively on the blueline and never on the offence side of things. While his role in the offence is expected to increase this year I think they are looking at Salo and Krajicek to step up more in that regard. Ohlund just really looks like a guy who is visibly thinking what to do next and because of it is a half step behind where he should be. I'm not sure what it is but I don't think injury and increased expectattions are it. It might just be that he is having trouble adjusting to the new NHL. His play almost reminds of Pronger's play at the beginning of last year where he just didn't look like the player he had been. Of course Pronger figured out the new NHL and was phenomenal once he did. it's also why he is paid $6 mil a year and not $3.5 mil a year.
But Ohlund has to step it up. If the season plays out as it has he will have dropped behind Salo and Mitchell IMO. And if that's the case Nonis has a tough decision.
Bourdon...the time won't start ticking on Bourdon's free agency until he has appeared in 40 professional (regular season?) games in one year I believe. So there is plenty of time on that front. Not sure if they can send him down to the AHL once he turns 20 in Feb. As a mid-Feb birthday if it is possible they can give him spot duty on the blueline and then send him down to the moose to round out the season. I think that is where he needs to be. He is beyond the QMJHL but not at the NHL level. Though that plan only works if Mitchell comes back soon and the blueline stays healthy. Though going back to Junior and getting another WJHC under his belt isn't the end of the world either.