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08-23-2011, 12:42 PM
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I'm not seeing how that roster is worse than last year. Fisher is better than Lombardi, even if you ignore the fact that Lombardi really didn't even play for us. Going into last season we had no idea whether or not SK was going to produce. He did, and quite a bit. That's after having spent the beginning of the year working his way up from the fourth line while playing on a broken toe/foot. Legwand and Erat are known qualities. If the team can stay healthy enough to keep both of them on a two-way line that focuses slightly more on offense than defense they should be enough of a threat to either score or make match ups more of a head ache for the other team. Spaling, Smithson, and Tootoo are also known qualities. That should be a very effective shutdown line, and if the chemistry they had towards the end of the season and in the play offs wasn't just a fluke they might actually threaten to put a few points up. The fourth line is all based on potential. O'Reilly showed signed of actually living up to his potential last season before breaking his leg. Wilson just finished his first real season bouncing around on lines, playing fourth line minutes at times, and being benched for shifts. Even with that happening he put up 34 points at 21 years old. That's just a few points behind Henrik Sedin and Jeff Carter (though Carter only played 62 games) at the same age, and just a few points more than Zach Parise and Daniel Sedin at the same age. That doesn't mean he will turn into any of those guys, but it isn't yet time to give up hope on his development.
For our offense to take big strides with the players we have right now it will take some luck, sure, but is it a bigger stretch to think that this line up can at least carry us as far as it did last year,
or is it a bigger stretch to think this line up will plummet five spots in the standings?
I think that's more likely IF Poile doesn't go out & get us a top line winger (Hornqvist, Kostitsyn, Erat & then there is a big drop off)
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