McKenzie's Take On The Habs
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01-11-2013, 01:41 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
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You are assuming two things:
- That the Habs have way more mature players who can bounce back from crappy seasons than the other teams: That there are no underperforming or previously injured Mike Komisareks and Nathan Hortons in the rest of the division.
- That for every Habs player who progresses from a down year, there won't be another habs player bouncing back from a great year. Several habs had great years last year: Gorges, Pacioretty, Desharnais, Cole, etc.
- That for every injury recovery this year, e.g. Markov, there won't be any new injuries to take their place. Markov isn't the only player who can get injured. Last year, our best dman (Subban) didn't get injured and neither did Gorges. Our best overall forward (Plekanec) didn't get injured, neither did Desharnais, Pacioretty, Cole, Eller... let alone Price. I think Price missed the last three games due to a concussion.
With the 4th overall pick, the Montreal Canadiens select Elias Lindholm !!!
Horton could bounce back and have a big year, though concussions can be a big problem(see Crosby, Savard, Pronger etc). Boston lost it's star player though, so that might hurt even if they score more goals. Rask is a good young goalie but not having Thomas there, there is no plan B if he falters.
For every Habs player that had a great year(like 4), there were two that had crappy/injured years so the law of averages is on out side.
Also, don't forget that most of our losses were 1 goal games and our GF/GA was not that bad, meaning a small improvement could be a big boost in the standings. Lots of teams above us could drop like Ottawa Florida New Jersey Boston.
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