What kind of production do you expect from everyone next year?
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07-22-2010, 05:27 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: London Ontario
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You think this team is going to score 2 more goals than Washington did last year?
I think 250 and that might even be a bit optimistic.
I absolutely think this team can score more than Washington. Washington might have the more dynamic player in Ovechkin and probably the best center in the Eastern Conference in Backstrom. But I look at the rest of the lineup and you know what, it just doesn't impress me as much as the Flyers do. I look at the Flyers and I see balance throughout lines 1 to 3. I look at Washington and I see a top heavy line with no second line center and a third line that might be comparable to the Giroux/JVR line.
I also think our defense is going to make our forwards that much better, especially when it comes to the transition. I also think our defense is more prone to block shots and that's going to result in lots of chances.
I also think everyone last season had a down year because it's pretty clear that the Stevens system wore on everyone in that there wasn't a system in place. With Laviolette, we know that what we're going to see is a high pressure forecheck and that we're going to see more puck possession and not continually dump and chase. I'm expecting big numbers and career numbers from guys right across the board. We all saw how well the system works when guys buy into it (the playoffs were a good example of that). Imagine a full season in that system. It was that system that made Eric Staal a 100 point player. It also made Justin Williams a 70+ point scorer. I have no reason to believe that Carter and Richards can't hit 100 playing in that type of system.
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