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08-24-2012, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by urs9 View Post
Because the majority of the players returning just aren't good. Gudbranson is nothing special either. Sorry, but we've heard 3 years in a row from Soo fans: "We have X amount of NHL drafted players, we return X amount of guys." If David Broll is your best winger, you're going nowhere. Even if I said Erie will improve, I still think the Soo is better. But that is debateable. The Soo are probably not a playoff team again.
Who said David Broll was our best winger? Just because he may be playing on the top line doesn't mean he's the best winger on the team. Andrew Fritsch was playing at near a point per game pace last year before being hurt. Schumacher had 50 points in his first season on small ice.

Gudbranson certainly can't be as bad as Curcuruto, Rogalski and Schwindt were last year. Nurse has shown a good progression over the tail end of last season through the summer. Add in a assistant coach who might actually know a thing or two about playing defense and special teams it's hard to believe that they could be any worse then last year.

With all that said I realize they aren't going to be contenders and likely in a season long battle for anywhere between 6th through 8th but I just don't believe the gap is truly that big between them and the likes of Windsor, Saginaw, and Sarnia. Could they miss the playoffs? Sure but so could any of those three teams.

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