I know it's still a bit early since the beginning of the season but with such a shortened season I think it's time to evaluate and see what we like and what we don't.
What is working well:
1. GM Bergevin and his management team. I really like and feel confident in how they are working.
I like how Bergevin handled the Subban situation. I read Bergevin himself was the one who sold PK on the deal.
I like how Bergevin didn't try to remake the team right at the start but added a few pieces for toughness and then
seemingly has allowed the rest to play and maybe even make up for last year with a fresh start so he can see how
everyone is doing in a more stable environment than last year.
2. Players who have exceeded expectations or have risen to the occassion.
Andre Markov: What an improvement he has made to our team in so many ways. It's obvious how much we missed him.
Rene Bourque: he seems inspired, enjoying playing, and he's trying. Maybe he was injured but I didn't see any of these
happening last year.
The kids: Galchenuk and Gallagher. For me they have exceeded expectations. It's fun to watch them growing and
gaining confidence and it seems like everyone is rooting for them, wanting and pushing them to do well.
Price: He seems so confident, solid, well positioned and positionally so good. Around the league I've heard a number
of analysts picking Price as the first or second goalie in line for the Olympics next year.
3. The coach: From the beginning I thought Therrien would do at least a good job and maybe even a really good job. I like
his sysytem of aggressive forecheck, attacking and supporting one another. They seem to be using their
speed much more effective this year and it is definitely making it difficult for other teams.
I like that he is making players accountable. I like White but I think that has been a good example of what
happens if you don't put the team first and it shows what Therrien wants.
The overall team unity and buy-in: it seems to me they are all committed, are working together and are
having fun together. For me that spells great team chemistry.
So for me out team is better than what I expected. I find them much more fun to watch this year and with the young guys and what we have drafted and what we'll gte this year in the draft I think each year is only going to get better. So a very bright future ahead!!