Rochester squandered away a chance at the playoffs down the stretch last season. No major changes to the roster going into 2013, either. Will that hurt the Rattlers chances at getting to championship weekend?
What's Changed?: Like I said, not much. Many of the same pieces (Striebal, Boyle, etc.) are still in tact, but the team didn't gain much outside of that. Rochester lost didn't have a first or second round draft pick this season. One big loss, however, was a youngster-Roy Lang. The Cornell product had an impressive rookie campaign, with 14 goals in 13 games. Lang's loss might be under the radar a bit, but with no first or second round draft picks last season, the loss of a young player to cultivate could be damaging.
Biggest Area of Concern: It has to be at the faceoff X. Rochester was second to last in the league last season at 44.4%. Tim Fallon and Craig Bunker took a majority of FO in 2012. The Rattlers do have young, Hobart product Bobby Datillo. If he can show promise at the postition, it'll be a big boost for his team.
Biggest Strength: It has to be their balanced scoring load. In 2012, Rochester had five players with at least 22 points and no one had more than 32. As long as the Rattlers continue to get production, having multiple options to put the ball in the net can't be a bad thing at all.
Projected Record: 5-9. Rochester's taking another step back this year. I'm just not sure about the faceoff situation and if you can't control the ball, I don't see how you can control the game.