PhillipBlunt Posted April 27, 2015 Share Posted April 27, 2015 Much was made about the failure of the forwards to score or the goalies failure to prevent goals but the real reason the team lost the series was because the defense was not one that was playoff worthy. The whole lot of them were victimized by Calgary's forecheck which truly wasn't that awe inspiring if you looked at it subjectively. The defense failed to consistently do anything right. They were subpar in clearing the crease, making a first pass out of the zone, and were truly average in the neutral zone. They lacked the speed to initiate rushes, the skill to quarterback powerplays, and most importantly, the size and ferocity to deter a very basic and undisciplined forecheck. Not one defenseman elevated their game to address Calgary. Not Edler, Tanev, or Hamhuis. They were pedestrian and stood meekly in the face of the pressure Calgary exerted. Bieksa, Weber, and Sbisa had no place being in the post season with the complete lack of urgency they demonstrated. They were embarrassing. This team needs a true no.1 alpha type defenseman that will anchor the blueline. My question is where will that player come from. Will they be drafted? Will they come via trade? Without this necessary presence, first round exits will continue to be the norm, if that. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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