2012/2013 Point Projections
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08-25-2012, 01:38 PM
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I dont think our center depth is as awful as everyone makes it out to be. To me it is clearly one of the most "unknown/unproven" in the league, but it also has the potential to be in the top half in terms of productivity with ease.
Is it really out of the question or unreasonable to expect Cammalleri to put up 65 points in a season? I certainly dont think so. That would then leave one of (or a combination of..)Cervenka/Stajan/Backlund to produce at a .55 PPG clip or better on the second line. One has already done so on multiple occasions in the past, and the other two certainly have that capability. Backlund is clearly the biggest longshot of the bunch to achieve those results next season, but I dont think it is impossible.
That alone would result in a minimum of 100 points produced by the top two centermen on this team which to me is attainable, and more than enough to handily make the playoffs.
Without question I believe that both Cervenka and Stajan would score 40+ points if they were given consistent top six minutes. Obviously only one of them will earn that ice time, but I am not all that concerned about the depth at that position myself. With that said, I would obviously condone a move to upgrade the position without hesitation.
Maybe I am giving them the benefit of the doubt but with the amount of talented wingers we have on this team it makes it more bearable.
Excellent post HLF! Pretty much how I feel. I am hoping that at LEAST one of the 3 unknowns (Cervenka, Stajan, Backlund) produce 45-50 points next year in a top 6 role (my money is on Cervenka). Cammy still has top end skill, so I absolutely agree that while our core is very much unproven, they have the potential to do quite well.
People need to remember that Feaster really hasn't had much else for options. Sure we could of brought back Joker, but we wanted to go in a different direction. With our limited cap space and lack of assets to trade for a bonafide #1C, the Flames had limited choices going into next season. I am going to remain optimistic that our roster will surprise people next season.
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