Mondi wrote:The interesting thing is that outside of Erhoff (12 points), every key component from last season's playoff run is still on the team. Save perhaps Torres (7 points).
Samuelsson was injured before he went out. He only played 11 games and had 1 goal.
Hodgson did nothing in the playoffs, well he had one assist.
So you have Kassian instead of Tanner Glass, which is a saw off. And then you have Booth instead of Oreskovic?
So what gives?
Lack of confidence. And lack of Daniel Sedin.
This crap about needing a rebuild is hilarious. A rebuild? They had 111 points. Do you rebuild after that? I mean seriously, do you?
Their confidence is shot. This team has shown that in the face of adversity, over the past 4 season they have more often then not folded their tents. They are mentally soft and their confidence is shaken easily. When they are down they rarely rise up. But, when they are leading things are just peachy.
If the Nucks can get a lead on these guys, they will be fine. But without it they fold like cheap tents, as they usually do when the going gets tough. Whatever causes it, I'm not sure. But methinks it has to do with fan and media hysteria planting seeds out doubt whether consciously or subconsciously long before the season or playoffs even begin, combined with said history of folding. Like self-reinforcing vortex of criticism and doubt.
I'm not sure what will happen next, but this team doesn't require an overhaul. Gillis isn't a bad GM. AV isn't a bad coach. Luongo isn't a bad goalie (though goals 2 and 4 were back breakers). They just need to believe in themselves and try to overcome some adversity (much like they did vs Chicago in game 7). No need to start talking about dismounting the core.
All fine and dandy Mondi, but are you choosing to ignore the fact that we can't score anymore? The last 3 montsh of the regular season we only generated 16 goals on the PP, which was last in the entire league over that stretch leading to the playoffs. I thought it was the PP where we were suppose to beat teams. Blame it on Daniel. Didn't Daniel play the last 3 months of the regular season during that woeful run of only producing 16 goals on the PP? I'm sorry, but Lou and Schneider can only do so much, Shut Down Hockey will win you nothing if you can't score. You can believe all you like, but good luck trying to score on Jonathon Quick when you can't score anymore.