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07-05-2011, 05:47 PM
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with a tremendous amount of good luck.

Realistically, we need a couple of consistent goal scorers -- guys that have a shoot first mentality, and don't wait around for the whistle to make sure the puck is in the back of the net.

I don't think we're so far off that it's impossible with the current group...but we'll have to see the majority of the boys stay healthy throughout the season, and see tremendous improvement in Colin Wilson's game (all the way around), as well as the emergence of other guys in the system. SK (assuming he's resigned) would have to equal, if not exceed his performance from last season, and actually attempt to score a goal in the playoffs. Bergfors will need to be SK2.0. Toots will have to focus on his offensive game, like he did for a good bit of the stretch run, and guys like Spaling, Halischuk, and Geoffrion will need to relentlessly compete with each other for ice time.

Basically, the current group isn't your traditional lines of 1-2-3-4. If they play to their potential, it's more like two second lines and two third lines. Well-rounded, but nothing elite or overly fancy.

What could end up helping more than anything is winning the division...

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