Completely agreed. Haula's data was kinda bad but he also looks like a third line LW with some versatility so its whatever. I'm not that bothered by it. Nosek has been great. Ullmark is someone I had high hopes would reverse some of the underlying numbers but he's really not doing that. I think hes a .915 type goalie in shot reducing system. It's fine, but I am second guessing my distaste for signing a guy like Freddy Anderson to big money over the younger Ullmark, that's for sure. Foligno and Forbort were dreadful by the data. The worst part is that even though they made the bad signings, their deployment has been sheer incompetence. Foligno has been a nothing offensive player for years. He's a good 5v5 defender, that's it. The rest is gone. But they play him on the power play. They play him in the top 9 and give him o zone starts. His best spot on the team is to Nosek's left the way Cassidy buries the fourth line. He'd be fine there. Foligno-Nosek-Lazar is a really quality defensive fourth line. Playing him the way they do just exacerbates the bad contract. Don't even get me started with Forbort. Playing him with McAvoy is a sin. He's an upper middle class man's Tinordi. $9m for that guy.The part that iritates me is that anyone with access to hockeyref and naturalstattick knew the Forbort and Foligno deals were fraught with risk. Despite all the warning signs flashing, they signed those two deals anyways. Haula kind of is what he is. He's not a second lind center but they need him to be one right now. Nosek has been perfect. The logic behind Ullmark was solid, he just hasn't peformed.
Forbort and Foligno are $6.9 million they could've spent on real upgrades.