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08-23-2010, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by HockeyBasedNYC View Post
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While I still think we'll struggle to score goals and battle inconsistency problems - I do think we are an improved team and I'm a little more excited going into this season then how it ended last year. In fact I wasn't excited at all down the stretch - I was quite disenchanted until the last week when I came around only to have my heart ripped out of my chest again in that Philly shootout.
i too share this unpopular opinion

.......guys like Anisimov, Del Zotto and Gilroy are a year older and have gone through an NHL season. Lets not forget that guys like Dubinksy and Callahan should be hitting their potential years and Staal is still progressing in a tougher position. I still think we'll be watching the learning curve of guys like Gilroy and DelZotto (not to mention MZA, hes a huge question mark) but we can hang our hat on the fact that DZ brings some very good offense and is only 20.
i think we're running out of years that we can say this

but we'll fingers are crossed that Dubi can develope some consistancy. That will be huge for the future of the team

Im super excited about Anisimov this year. I think we'll see some good things from him and even if he starts out slow, I hope they stick with him on one of the top lines to give him the time and confidence he needs to get on that first NHL roll I believe is only a matter of time away. You can live with him there because he's uber-responsible positionally and hes skilled enough to play with players of that calibre.
agreed... im drinking the AA koolaid. I think we learned an important lesson about him last year that shouldn't be forgotten. He needs a gritty hardworker on his line. The idea of Dubi - AA - Callahan would be excellent on paper, but i have my doubts about it working in reality. Either anticipating some pretty good progress out of him this season

As far as the other guys up front -
Gaborik will have to stay healthy, that goes without saying. Frolov is going to be motivated and that top line, whomever the center is should be one of the keys to the season. I'm really tempering my expectations with Frolov. I'd rather be pleasantly surprised then disappointed. I'm not going to gush over him like Zherdev until i see it consistently.
Ditto....i stil dont know how i feel about frolov but i think at the very least it will help add some offense this season.

I'm expecting Prospal to have a down year for a couple reasons, one his stats trend downward after a hot year and secondly i dont think he see as much time with Gaborik. But its good to have him waiting in the weeds if Frolov cools off because he can get hot for a good stretch.
i think we'll see a lot of this. Prospal will end up being a "plug n play" type of player that will see time in all of the top 3 lines whether its for injury replacement or to rejuvinate a line

Drury, christ. He just needs to play solid D and win faceoffs. Im not expecting anything from him to be honest because i think hes shot offensively. It would be miraculous if he regained form and it would prove to be a huge plus for the team but quite frankly i just dont see that happening.
If all goes to plan, IE anisimov + dubi pick it up a little and Frolov adds some offense, i good see drury sneeking in with a 20-25 goal year. Its going to depend on how much PP time he gets though. Personally, i feel he should have been in Cally's place on the PP last year. (ironically, everytime i would say that out loud during a game, cally would score withing 10 seconds)

but im certainlly not going to hold my breathe

It will be interesting to see how Avery's role plays out this year. He could be anywhere from the 4th line to the 2nd to benched. Its really up to him decide where hell be. Theres no doubt the Rangers could use the Avery of 2007. With the division the Rangers are in this year they are really going to need that type of play, especially with Boogaard or Prust here to clean up any of the mess leftover

i'd love to be wrong but i see avery as a complete non-factor this year and an occasional healthy scratch

I truly believe that Biron is one of the biggest keys to the Rangers success this season. Hank is Hank. But we all know he gets worn down and we all know he has that bad stretch of games somewhere in November-January. I'm hoping Torts can deploy Biron for a run of successive games were hes successful while spelling Lundqvist. I think it will do wonders for this team, but its up to Biron and Allaire to regain the form necessary to achieve that.
could not agree more. Biron needs to play 20+games. Minimizing the effects of those Nov-Dec Henrik freebies will be crucial to making the playoffs this season

On defense i expect Redden to be gone. I just dont see how he fits into the cap puzzle. Guys like Rozy and Girardi id like to see a little more toughness from but theyve been dependable the last few years. Its not an easy division to be in as a defenseman. I'd like to see Staal build on the end of last year and really take a hold of the next level of play hes been taunting us with. Interested in seeing what MCDonagh will bring but hes another college Dman learning on the job and i expect the result to be similar to that of Gilroy last season where he teeters out half way through the year.
The D is gonna be shakey. 7 Dmen is a must. Theres no way around it with a lineup this young and the way Rosi only likes to be good the 2nd half of the year

Special Teams -
The powerplay will probably be the same unless the defenseman step up. For me the PP's problems have been all the defense and not getting correct shots through. Its worth noting that the Rangers PP wasn't all that bad last year finishing a respectable 13th in the league. But what they need to do is make teams pay for untimely penalties this year. I expect the PK to be up towards the top of the league again as well.
i think the problem with the PP was that it rarely ever got set up. It seemed like a lot of our PP goals came off the rush up the ice, and thats just becasue gaborik is amazing.

Our PP wont be better until we can adjust something (personel or philosophy) so that we can maintain possesion across the blueline on a more frequent basis. And if thats not possible, then we need to be better at securing the puck down low and setting up the play.

I hate to say it, but our PP last year would have been better with Gomez there to carry it across the blue line. Not that he's great, but that particular ability was our biggest weakness IMO

3. Coaching - Not too many people are mentioning this. Torts has had a year and change with this club now. Its his. He knows the players and we'll see how effective his tutelage is with the youngsters and how he can get the most out of some of the veterans. He has the capability to make a team better, or have his players completely tune him out. I think well have a better idea of where his tenure with the Rangers is going after this season.
yep, im a Torts supporter but its certainlly "put up or shut up" time for him

4. Frolov - I hate to make him a key but plain and simple the Rangers need to score goals. He was brought here to score in a walk year and they need just that. Scoring 19 or 38 could very well mean playoffs or not for a team as anemic on offense as the Rangers.
a good year from frolov will certainlly help this season. im just trying to determine what a good year for frolov does for this team after this season

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