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08-11-2012, 07:56 AM
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This is not a referendum on Nash, but rather a comment on the Jackets depth. Last year, except for Dorsett they showed zero offense at all from the bottom six, and we had a defense which started out questionable and was then gutted by injuries. And terrible goaltending. Worse coaching.

This year we don't have a proven star up front, but we should get goals from three lines rather then two, making up for Nash's goals. We have an abundance of puck-moving defensemen and true defensive talent percolating in the minors. That alone should make our power play scary, allow us to survive injuries and improve our goaltending.

Granted, we don't have a Luongo in net, but he would never come here anyway. Still, we'll be better. Please remember that we began last year without our #2 and #3 goalies as Dekanich lost the whole year, and Sanford most of the season to injuries. Question marks abound, but both Mase and Bob have shown they're capable of outstanding play, and with a much, much improved blue line and defensively responsible forwards goaltending will improve. Enough to make us feel content? Almost certainly not, but I can't see us giving up nearly so many goals as we did last year. More overall scoring and many fewer GAs point to a much better team.

I'll guess 80 points and 10th in the west.

Three firsts next year and depth in the minors (except at forward) makes for a better team.

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