honestly we can blame luck all we want the season, at a certain extend i agree we've been really unlucky. I'd put luck our 10th problem right now, but there's 9 before that...
1- It all starts by signing and putting the C on our worst dman, what the fvck was that? When things go back young guys and the whole team have to look up at their captain to bring them to another level, how can you possibly feel inspired or anything when your captain is your worst player? Im sure they all love him but it got to piss off some dmen that they are sitting instead of him, it's common sense.
2- That 8 dmen carousel of mediocre at best dmen is hurting Larsson big time, he even admitted it. It's absolutely useless and incredibly bad management of our rookies. There's absolutely NO point of sitting 2 nhl dmen every game of the season. Unless they are really a 7th old veteran being okay with that role. Not top rookies who could play and develop either in the AHL or by playing regularly.
3- About 20% of our scoring from last year is gone and Lou didnt replace that. That's a LOT to cover from within the team, and that % is even more important considering we've win a LOT of games by only 1 goal.
4- While by looking at our depth i tend to tell myself, we have a pretty good depth when healthy... things that we saw all year like burning a year off Matteau's contract when the kid couldnt even crack his junior national team, guys having to fill roles they simply couldnt and we're asked to do way too much i.e. Gionta steady on the PK. Then a guy didnt even had a spot on another NHL team who we're acquired for the future and depth on our AHL team got called up after JJ's injury and became our best player on the top line. Great great move by Lou but im convinced he never thought he would turned out this good this quickly. Got lucky there.
5- Our newly signed top center (who should really be a 2nd line center imo) is awfuly underperforming, it's sad to see it's hard to hate on the guy for a reason or another but he really need to get it going.
6- Our PP is really not good. Some will argue that our PP is good cause we get shots on nets... but come on, just look at it. Its not good at all, we're 20th in the league i think and we're seen HORRIBLE PPs on a regular basis, where we couldnt even set up or get one shot in a 2 minute, even not even a shot on a 5 on 3.
7- Our goaltending has been terrible for most part, i wouldnt blame brodeur cause he's been "decent" enough to give us chances to win but our lack of scoring never gave him room for mistakes. On the other hand Moose absolutely killed any momentum we could ever get. And how often we're we really close to score you could feel it coming, we were buzzing around the net coming close, just to see the other team break out and scoring off the rush? seriously... how many times guys?
8- We can't score, we're last or 29th in the league in scoring and really there's no excuses. Looking at the team play we're really not creating lot's of good scoring chances, I rarely feel like we're dangerous in the offensive zone. We've seen it from time to time but not on a regular basic.
9- We're bad on faceoffs, and often we're caught in our zone icing the puck 3-4 times in a row and it's only waiting to end up in our net.
Something has to happen cause unless something drastic happen, most of those problems will still be there next season. Obviously simply more luck could have helped A LOT, a few well timed goals here and there could have have us a few more wins thats for sure. But all around we've been bad on a regular basic in all those areas.
That was just a guess by me. I don't know if that's why they kept the pick. And I don't think it would have anything to do with they other guys maybe not developing right. Especially not Wedge, as he hadn't even played a full pro season yet. Personally, I just think you can never have too many high end goalie prospects when your team has 2 old goalies, and Subban or Vasilevski would fit that bill.
All just speculation on my part, of course.
oh i know i know i was just adding to your speculation. I simply think Lou kept the pick knowing that player would likely be able to help us sooner, big risk but thats the only explanation i can think of