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09-27-2007, 10:27 PM
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I just think that people are severely overrating the impact that Vokoun can have on that club. It's pretty much the exact same roster as last year. Zednik, if he can cobble together 65 games, will help and Olesz could become a 50 point getter this season, but that's the extent of the change offensively.
The defense is good on paper, but it's the same defense that surrendered 257 goals last season...and Belfour was not playing that shabby. Also, Vokoun is not exactly an ironman and Craig Anderson is not someone you want starting 20 games. In a division that saw a marked increase in parity, I don't think that the swap of Belfour for Vokoun will generate an additiona 10+ standings points..
They were a very young team last season and jumped to the mid-80s in points. That isn't a prediction, it's a fact. Focusing on Vokoun not being a big upgrade seems to miss the point. The point is that they're very talented and getting better fast. No doubt, Vokoun's fragility is a big achilles heel for them. If he goes down, their team is dead. Kind of like us with Kolzig. But this team only missed the playoffs by 6 points last season and their young players all have room to improve.
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