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08-16-2013, 10:01 PM
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They might not make the playoffs but have you heard of player development. The team already has more experience because players like Beaulieu, Pateryn, Ellis, Holland, Bournival and Quailer now have a year of pro under their belts. Nattinen and Leblanc will hopefully be recovered from injury and Bergevin has taken some initial steps to shore up the veteran presence with players like Tarnasky. Thomas provides some some scoring punch.

The AHL rosters are far from set and as the season approaches a couple of more key names could be added along with some exciting first year prospects like Nygren, Dietz and Andrighetto.

Goaltending looks like it could be improve over last year.

Who will the team lose?
- Gallagher only played part of a season and Dumont's production should be replaced by Thomas.
- Tinordi was a leader but the defense will be more experienced this year and shouldn't have to rely on what he could bring. St. Denis had an off year and the addition of Dietz, Nygren and perhaps a veteran could result in a substantially better defense.
- Hagel and Stortini didn't contribute enough to warrant returning and Tarnasky should easily replace one of them

And on a final note, the coaching staff not only has one more year of experience it has more depth with the addition of Stephan Lebeau.

Lots more will happen before the first puck is dropped in the the Bulldogs regular season. True, it may not be enough to make the playoffs but I think the team has the potential to be far more exciting and competitive than last year. I am really looking forward to see how it unfolds.
Anything above .500 and 12th will be very good.
Making the PO would be extraordinary.

The team will be more competitive.
They lost 14 games by one goal BTW.

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