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07-23-2013, 08:31 AM
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Well we went from a contending team and when the defense wasn't what it was we fell apart. Now we are back to just making the playoffs and that's not a given. Rookies forwards don't breakout in a Trotz system. Now we are now going with servicable veterans to be a tough team that can't score. We don't have a proven scorer on this roster. Hornqvist is the closest we have but he can't stay healthy for a full season. Wilson hasn't had a full productive season yet. This goes to when we needed a scorer we got Fisher. Now we need a scorer and we got Cullen. There is always some reason we can't get a top scorer because he doesn't like the West or because his wife is from the Midwest or his price is too high or he's not this or he's not that. This franchise all it wants to do is make the playoffs and bow out and it was a sucessful season. We aren't built to make a long run. We are on the defensive side but we can't compete on the offensive side. Depending on the matchup we are first round exist waiting to happen and I don't see anything game changing. Poile is saying all the right excuses like everyone has who doesn't make it says. This guy was hurt and this happened and that happened. But is Poile/Trotz regime jobs on the line if this don't work out the way they anticpate it will?
For the record, Hornqvist has had very few injuries, he's played in at least 76 games each season, except for last season.
Wilson has had injury issues, but was productive last season before his injury.
Our wildcards this year are the young players.
Can Bourque continue to grow?
Is Forsberg the offensive player we thought he was?
Can Beck be that compliment to Wilson?
Can Jones give us that number 4 right out of the gate, if not can Ekholm?
Can Wilson stay healthy?
And to me, Watson could be a huge wildcard. He's a big, physical center and could be a huge upgrade over Gaustad but is he ready?
Will Hously help Josi grow even more?
We have a lot of question marks but we have a lot of potential too.
This is by far the deepest team we've had from top to bottom since the Kariya team, and IMHO has the most potential we've had. I just don't know if we'll reach that potential.
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