I don't disagree with any of this, the only thing I would add is that I suspect that Fitz is still looking at this as somewhat of a development year and I think Lindy does deserve a ton of credit for the development of the young guys on the team. With the exception of the curious case of Alex Holtz, nearly every young player that has come up lately seems to be reaching the high end of their potential. Hell, if you ignore their draft pedigree and just consider where they were when Lindy inherited them, I would even argue McLeod and Zacha kind of hit the top end of their range. Zetterlund is 2nd on the Sharks in scoring and first in goals. I know, it's San Jose but still not bad.
Do I think a guy like DeBoer could get a lot more out of this team? Sure I do. I know no one in their right mind is suggesting DeBoer, just using him as an example since most people here are probably familiar with him getting us to the cup while also being terrible for the development of a guy like Adam Larsson. There are still very important guys who need to be properly developed just getting their feet wet, or in Nemec's case, not even here yet. I think this is going to be another factor in Lindy getting a really long leash because unless someone who can do both X's and O's + development becomes available, it's probably better to stick with the guy who is killing it with the young guys at the NHL level.
Note: I know a lot of Zacha's success can be credited to Boston surrounding him with guys like Pasta and Krejci last year but while I can't explain '21-'22, he did seem to figure some sh!t out in '20-'21 when he led the Devils in scoring.