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  1. Damn...This seems pretty darn spot on to me. Brutal, but hard to argue with any of his points and is a pretty good summary on the current state and how we got here. I am not positive we have a single defenseman that will be here when/if we are contending again, so I am not sure it is much of a blame on the system as this gentleman seems to mainly put it on. Ty Smith has a shot and Bahl and walsh and prospect XX maybe, but there is no one that I'd make a significant bet on. There isn't a single defenseman up and down the franchise that you can say "He'll be a cornerstone 4-5 years from now". That scares me...
  2. My main worry is how this went down. Shero is relationship builder who is well liked across widely across the league and the way he was dismissed was belittling to Shero and embarrassing for the franchise. Even if you 100% agree with the firing you can't be impressed with how ownership went about it and then fumbled their way through a press conference with no real reasons. Hynes and Shero were both let go right before games with off-days following...seems like an absolute clown show from a PR standpoint and from caring at all about allowing your players to focus on the games in hand. I'd bet the disorganized manner with how this was handled diminishes the Devils in the mind of many across the hockey community. Now to add my no knowledge speculation for Mfitz. The only explanation that makes sense to me that I have seen bandied about is: The owners already know they want Fitzgerald to be the future GM, so they want let him start now with the lead-up to the trade deadline and draft. But again, if that is what ownership wants to do just own that, say that, and don't do it 2 hours before a game....
  3. Paywall Athletic article on Bahl. Seems like his coaches really love this kid and interesting to know that he's been thrown out against the top players in the OHL since he was an OHL rookie. A few quotes for those without The Athletic. "He’s very, very mobile for a big guy. One of the keys to Kevin is moving his feet. If someone was to criticize his skating, it would be about moving his feet rather than speed or mobility. The biggest improvement in his game over the last few years that’s glaring for me is his gap control, or his ability to adjust his speed in the neutral zone. He’s able to match the speed of the opposing forward and then with his stick and his wingspan, he’s able top force attacking forwards into positions where they don’t want to be." from his 67's coach. From Bahl: "My whole career I’ve been playing against top guys, and I love to play against top guys. I want to know that I’ve shut down a guy when my team wins by a goal. I think they really like that and I take that to heart when I have to play against those guys. That’s my thing.”
  4. Yeah that's actually a fair point in terms of quantity drafted, but that is a bit skewed considering 4 of those were 7th round selections. But yeah in terms of process the only thing I can point to is maybe having used more top half of the draft selections on Defense (that did change in the 2019 draft and agreed that those windows are wide open for some NHLers to emerge). Agreed that there is still hope for some of these guys to develop for sure and hopefully my gripe falls away because of that. (Zaitsev and Misyul both playing in the KHL, Walsh looking like he could be an NHL player, 4 taken in 2019). Obviously everyone is looking for these guys, but today I don't see a top pairing guy in the system and we'll need 1 or 2 of those to compete, so even though they are extremely hard to find it is a failure of Shero to have not found one to this point. But point taken that I don't have much of an idea on how I would have preferred he operated, so maybe I'm just complaining to complain here.
  5. The lack of drafting/developing a single NHL level defense-men is my main knock with how Shero has operated. It was a position that was aging and weak when he arrived and it remains aging and weak after 5 years. Ty Smith is the only guy drafted you can point to as having a good chance to have an NHL career...Defense is the position that I don't have a clear vision of how they'll build it to a strength and I fear it will be what holds back the Hughes/Nico core from competing.
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    Rebuild 2.0 Thread

    I think Shero would get another GM job fairly easily if let go here. He seems like a guy who builds and not burns bridges and those guys can tend to float around forever. He hasn't made any trades that warrant being banished to broadcasting.
  7. My hope is the 'yotes fall out of the playoffs this year so the 2020 pick ends up in the teens or if they really collapse a top 10. I don' think that's really that much of a stretch, but they do have very good goaltending which might make it tough for them to fall off completely. Calgary looks like they are back on course in that division. I think them falling this year is much more likely than them winning a playoff round AND re-signing hall. This at least gives me a reason to check the scores/standings every once in a while, which I really didn't have before. So I guess that's nice? The "Hall and Yotes" slogan is another positive?
  8. The Athletic had an article recently with the premise that "Teams that build around high-end players at those three positions – No. 1 center, No. 1 defenseman and goaltender – should be in pretty darn good position to challenge for a Stanley Cup". They ranked the current "microcores" and the Devils were ranked dead last (https://theathletic.com/1446088/2019/12/10/ranking-nhl-microcores-executives-scouts-and-a-coach-rate-the-core-players-for-all-31-teams/?source=shared-article). The scary part to me is that the only of those 3 positions we even have a future on is Center and hopefully that becomes a deadly 1/2 punch...We are miles away from having the Defense to compete in my opinion. Not only do we not have a single defense-man that fits the Nico/Hughes core in age on the NHL roster, the only guy in the entire system with clear top 4 potential is Ty Smith and he is not projected by anyone to be a true #1 defender. We are in desperate need for defensemen, so hopefully whatever comes back from Hall is either D prospects or picks that are used to get some because right now that is the position that I am worried will drag down the Nico/Hughes era.
  9. Haha yeah I do recall not liking how PDB handled young players, so maybe my not hating the idea of PDB is just based off of hating the fact we fired the head coach and kept all of his assistants and just wanting ANY full change and new voice in the locker room. I like that San Jose fired PDB and most of his long time assistants..that's a true changing of the guard.
  10. I'd want any goalie coming back in a Hall trade to be the 2nd or 3rd piece and not the center piece of the trade. I agree with Shero's approach to goalie. Draft one every year and hope to strike gold. Hasn't worked yet, but Schmid/Brady have shown some signs in the USHL and Senns has been the best goalie in the Bing (not saying much, but still he's taken control of the #1 job in his first year in NA).
  11. I'd be okay bringing back Deboer *Runs and hides from comments*
  12. Steadevils

    Rebuild 2.0 Thread

    Agreed. Defense is probably the hardest position to build, D prospects take the most time to develop, and it is the position we are farthest away from building in my opinion (just need to strike once for a goalie). I am getting worried about Ty Smith after camp and his poor start. So many prospects in recent history that I thought had potential and thought were going to be big parts of solving our defensive woes that didn't reach their potential for one reason or another. Top of my head in no order: Santini, Urbom, Gelinas, Merrill, Larsson, Corrente. Lots of work to be done on defense so hopefully some of the recent picks pan out and we can get a Greene/Rafalski FA otherwise it is looking fairly bleak to be honest.....(an aside: it is pretty amazing that we have had an undrafted FA in our defensive top 6 since the year 2000..end of an era once Greene retires). .
  13. Every day Ray doesn't execute this trade is a chance for a historically brittle player to get hurt. Get the bids in, evaluate and make a decision. Is there any downside to just announce you are going to trade him and just bench him at this point to prevent injury? Don't think the "well we'll just keep him" leverage/bluff really applies when everyone can smell the BS...
  14. Steadevils

    Fire Hynes

    The one thing I will say is that all signs point to the fact that Hynes does seem to be a genuinely good person on and off the ice and given what is going on across the hockey coaching landscape, he does deserve some credit for that.
  15. Steadevils

    Fire Hynes

    It does seem like we are getting a lot of guys who do well the year or two after they are drafted, but can't get over the hump and make it as NHL regulars or even as positive AHL players (Speers, Gignac, Anderson, Studenic, Zetterlund, Maltzev maybe adding soon: walsh and Ty Smith who are not in the AHl, but are having down starts to the year). I would have liked to see Anderson called up instead of Seney as I think he has the best chance at carving out an NHL career out of the people down in the Bing. Binghamton has been absolutely terrible again to start this year which is really disappointing given it is now full of a lot of of Shero draft picks. I doubt it is enough of a sample to point to how the organization develops as an issue, but it is something to keep an eye on (Players seem to succeed before, but then fail in the AHL/NHL). To bring it back to this thread: Hynes certainly does not seem like someone who gets the best out of young players.
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