It's a pipe dream. But Lou should try. Would you not agree center is our weakest position? I came in hoping Zajac and Henrique would produce. Granted, Henrique is currently on a 23 goal pace, but he hasn't done anything in the playmaking department.
The Kings D has been pretty leaky this year, so we may be able to squeek out a win in one of those 2 games.
One player is not going to turn this team around. Hudler has had a very good start but he is realistically just another solid depth player. Admittedly you can never have enough solid hockey players, but in the NHL these days you need them to surround skilled players to really compete.
We have a number of very solid hockey players, but most of them lack top end creative skill that can change a game. The majority of the players that do have that top end skill are old
Top end skill payers on the team:
Out of those three Loktianov is entirely inconsistent. Tedenby and Josefson should have been adding to that list, when they were drafted they were both creatively gifted, but neither of them can display that at NHL level.
We do not have that game changing player or players that can make a difference in a 4-3 or 1-1 game. The whole team is going to have to be on its game to grind out a win, and it’s not going to be pretty whilst they do it.
Outside avoiding their ridiculous contracts losing Kovy and losing Parise robbed this team of any game changing players who make those around them better. The fact that the Devils have also failed to hit with either Josefson or Tedenby makes the situation worse.
Jiri Hudler is not going to make the differecne we need, and the peices we would have to give up to get him will only make the situation worse. There is no quick fix for this situation unfortunately. It’s going to be a long road back now to this team becoming a contender.