Totally agree. Great points.
To the defensive issue, do you think it’s personnel, or a departure from our system and/or strategy compared to last season? Perhaps a combo of both? I don’t have the knowledge for systems theory, but to my eye test it just seems like we’re looser in our coverage in order to be more fluid and dynamic on the offensive end. That high risk / high reward feeling. It also drives me completely crazy when we just slap at sticks, looking for steals, rather than playing good positional defense and shutting a team down from what they want to do. The only guy that can actually take the puck away consistently it seems is Slavin.
Will be interesting to see what happens with Gardiner. It’s becoming more and more clear, and has for some time now, that he is a major weak point for this team.