Things did not go as planned for the defense of the San Jose Sharks in 2011-12.
A 2011 offseason that was highlighted by the addition of Brent Burns and an offensive scheme to a weak defensive unit saw that strategy go severely underwater.
The defense was not consistent, and the penalty kill was the biggest weakness of the team last season.
GM Doug Wilson went out and acquired defenseman Brad Stuart during the offseason in hopes of adding a veteran influence to a unit without a real leader.
We should see a real difference in the way this unit approaches each game with Stuart in the locker room, Burns with another year in San Jose under his belt and a healthy Dan Boyle.
Also, the addition of the new assistant coaches should play a real difference on defense this season.
Jim Johnson and Larry Robinson were brought in for their experience and defensive knowledge, and we should see that pay dividends for players like Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns.