Thread: Speculation: MacKinnon vs Drouin
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05-10-2013, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Laus723 View Post
Sorry, can't agree. How long have they had top forwards and have been up and down? We can o round and round, ain't changing my mind.

And, had we been healthy, we'd be in the playoffs. Hell, healthier, you're blinded looking at the Lightning.

Further, look at Atlanta teams and their strong scoring. Missed. Made it once. Well rounded teams make it and compete, we're closer than they are.
How can you say that we'd be in the playoffs had we been healthier?
That's no guarantee. Plenty of bad teams improved (Ottawa, Toronto), and prior good teams missed (Philly, Sabres). We barely made it in last year. Versteeg, Weiss, and Bergy would help, but not sure they'd absolutely have guaranteed anything. Huberdeau is certainly an improvement, but we finished last in the league. We were terrible. Even though we mainly had rookies, guys like Samuelsson and Garrison were important on our playoff run. And our goaltending was terrible. Look at Tampa. Rolison was great until he finally broke down, and they went from a contender in the east finals vs. Boston to a bottom dweller. Theodore was bound to fall off, and unfortunately it happened this year before his injury. Maybe he rebounds or Markie becomes the answer, but all these assumptions about the playoffs are silly. Who's to say a healthy Steeg would have been as motivated this year compared to last year when he had a huge chip on his shoulder and started so hot, as a top scorer in the league. I doubt he's more than a 50 point player when healthy, to be honest. Weiss? Who knows where he goes from here with the injury.

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