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07-09-2013, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by nyr5186 View Post
It's not fair to set limitations on our offensive potential. We have some serious talent up front. Stepan was close to a point per game last season and improving every year. Nash, tough playoffs aside, still is a beast to play against and racks up points. Callahan can score 30 goals if healthy. Richards has the talent to put up 80 points. He has done it many times. He needs to be in the best shape ever both physically and mentally to regain his form. And then you have other guys like Brassard and Hagelin and Kreider and Zuccarello who have talent and are looking to find consistency. Plus we have good skating defensemen that can get the puck up ice and on the sticks of our skilled players. If things come together with a new coach, especially our power play, and I'm not saying they will but they might, we have the potential to have a good offensive team, on top of a young deep d core and probably the best goalie in the world. Recipe for success. Zuccarello is a very affordable piece in the puzzle, albeit tiny. He's good value. You don't drop the ball on this. Get him signed.
I'm a glass half full kind of guy so I appreciate your optimism. I just look at things more based on their past history and their current age. I could see Step at 65-75 points given that he is on the upswing. I do not see BR at 80 points. In his last 2 seasons he has been in the 60 plus point range. I agree that Hags, Kreider and Brass have talent but I'm also realistic about their prior point production. I leave Kreider out because he is unproven. 50 points for Hags and Zooks would be good seasons. Brass career high is 47 so 55 points would be a nice season for him as well. Nash for his career is usually in that 60-70 point range. Cally almost scored 30 before but even then his career high was 54 points. If every player on our team can max out that would be great but I'm just trying to speak for what is more likely than the absolute best case scenario.



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