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08-21-2011, 03:27 PM
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I could see them winning the Atlantic if everything falls into place, however, I'm still not convinced that they're anything more than a 2nd round team at this point. Maybe Richards comes and completely changes the dynamic of this team. Maybe Gaborik gets back to form. Maybe an offensive rookie steps up and contributes big numbers into the top-6 ala Stepan last year. Maybe the defense takes a big step up and matures at a rate that we didn't expect.

There are a lot of things that could happen.
I wouldn't be surprised at all if Stepan really exploded this season. I'm not expecting it, but he's the type of player that can make things work for him. A lot like Richards, actually.

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I still think they need a power play qb, and a power forward to do real damage in the playoffs.
Dubinsky.

If he can grasp some consistency, this guy has the mind and body of a power forward. His issue is mindset - when he's playing a physically imposing game, he can flat out control a game at times. Problem is, he starts to think he's a skill player after a while, and it limits his effectiveness. If he plays with Gaborik/Richards, he could have a HUGE year statistically.

Kreider could potentially become that as well. He's still a few years away, though.

I agree that they need a PPQB from the defense, though. They need an offensive defenseman period.

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