John Torchetti was not a happy man after tonight's 3-2 Aeros loss to the Lake Erie Monsters. The Aeros played a better game than they did in Friday's loss to the Stars, but the team was sloppy and depending too much on goalie Darcy Kuemper to make way too many saves.
"We’ve got a lot of hockey players that think they’re
better than they are," Torchetti said. "And that’s the end of the subject."
But it wasn't quite the end of the subject. He spoke of the lacking leadership and accountability. And he said the team had to tighten up their act on the ice.
The Monsters scored first. The Aeros tied it up on the power play when Charlie Coyle sent a puck cross-ice to Jason Zucker who one-timed it backdoor for a pretty goal. It stayed that way through the third when the Monsters took the 2-1 lead before Johan Larsson tied it on the power play. But this is the Aeros, and just moments later, the Monsters scored again.
"That’s how losing streaks start," Torchetti said. "Because we’re not
detailed and we’re not committed."
The Aeros are going to have work harder now that the NHL season is preparing to start. Mikael Granlund is gone. And since this is he Wild the team's dealing with, the injuries will start pretty quickly. That means a lack of chemistry, a lack of consistent line. That means talent alone is not going to be enough. And if the team doesn't pay attention to the details and if it's not committed to the system, then this team could indeed be in for losing streak.
And if any of these guys are expecting automatic call-ups just because of the Wild-injury history, then maybe they all to think on that some more.
"In the end, the NHL executives on our team ask us
who’s playing well," Torchetti said. "So it ends up hurting you more than anything. If you think
you’re trying to not get hurt for up there, you’re not even going to be part of
their training camp because what you do this week is what you for next week to
get in there."
The Aeros have a chance to break the losing streak before it can really get tomorrow tomorrow at 5:00. But who knows what Aeros team is going to show up.