Hawks Player to Watch for 12/13
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07-30-2012, 12:55 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
There are so many players we EXPECT better performance from...MAYBE they do not all have better years but considering we still got 101 pts last year with so many disappointments -IF several--not all of these --have significantly better years -then we should easily get alot morre points and be better in the playoffs;
LEDDY --- improvement would be greater points (say from 37 last year to 47 this year) and better +/- (say from -12 to EVEN) --maybe that gets us 3-4 more wins if he does both those improvements..
KEITH -he rebounded somewhat last year to +15 but this is a far cry from the +30's of the 07/08 and 08/09 seasons when he was so good defensively....IF he can improve another +16 (he was -1 the year before) to get to +31 -that should get us another 5 more wins...
SO if these 2 d-men can get us a total ES improvement of +28 combined over last year--that would be HUGE even if Seabrook ,Hammer and Oduya only stay the same...
BROOKBANK was +11 last year for ANAHEIM-- just repeating that is so much better than O'Donnel Lepisto and Scott gave us..
CRAWFORD ---even a return to good enough mediocrity (.910-.915 save %) helps us win more games...if he could raise his game to elite level (.920 or better) we'd have a lock on th Cup..
KANE--- even getting back to "just" a PPG guy (from 66 to 82 pts ) will help us win 5 more games but if he could jack it up 10 or more above that --again that helps us win another 3 games... He has a lot to prove this year...
SAAD -assuning we do not sign Doan--SAAD will get his big chance in the top six.. 25-30 goals 55-60 pts and +13 would be great --IF he is fully ready to impact...
(those would be the projected totals for 82GP ---adjust down if season start is delayed by lockout)..
Others who could "rebound":
BICKELL : 20 goals 20 assists + 10
BOLLAND : 20 goals 35 assists +15
AND A FULL YEAR OF SHAW (buffed version 192 lbs or more): 26 goals 25 assists
and +15 ...
a much more effective 3rd line...
again not all of these improvements will occurr (however if they all do --put us down for the Cup) ---but if only half of these improve --we willbe better and get a lot more wins...
To suggest ZERO improvement from any of the above is to get Q and his staff AND Stanbow all fired...
I can't see us just being the same as last year..surely we get SOME of the above to give us improvement.
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