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06-18-2011, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by haohmaru View Post
He's got one rookie in his top 12 forwards and one rookie in his six defenseman (who, by every account is NHL ready).

I doubt Sauer, McD, or Stepan are going to take a step backward. They were all pretty steady.

Boston won the cup with a multitude of lunch pail players, a huge D, and a great goalie. Anything can happen. I'm not saying that lineup wins us a Cup or anything like that, but it's fielding a better bunch than quite a few other teams.
MDZ hasn't proven he can actually be responsible defensively. Sauer and McD can have sophomore slumps. Maybe Stepan will too - who knows?

In any case, like I said before, our top LW spot is open because Thomas won't play there. If we fill that with a 60-70 point player and either Thomas or Kreider really show up soon, Dubinsky/AA/Callahan/Stepan all take steps forward (in offense). Now in D, if MDZ improves defensively, McD, Sauer, Staal, Girardi stay constant or improve marginally and Erixon proves himself here, then yes, I can see us contending for a cup.

As it stands, I don't think we're ready next year.

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