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11-12-2013, 01:26 PM
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At what point are we making the comparison? The team that we had going into '11-'12 ended up very different than expected. Guys like Dubinsky and Anisimov (and to a lesser extent Boyle) took steps backwards offensively while guys like Hagelin, who joined later in the season, excelled.

We also started the 11-12 season with the idea that by the All Star Break our defense would be deep, but that was until we lost Sauer. And that was a big loss. I think that defense with a healthy Sauer and Staal is better than the one we have now, but obviously it didn't work out that way. The one we have now is better than what we had in the '12 playoffs, but we'll see if with injuries/trades it stays that way.

Forwards are as tough to gauge. We are not as deep with defensive forwards or grinder as we were in 11-12. But I think the overall talent level is higher. Or potenatially higher. Team needs to get and stay healthy, and guys like Kreider and Zucc need to prove they can survive a full season. I'm also curious as to what Brassard will produce getting 2nd/3rd line ES and 2nd PP minutes. He'll likely have Pouliot on his left, but he could end up with Callahan or Nash on his right. Or maybe he ends up with Richards on his left again. Its hard to figure because Nash is still out and we have an extremely odd "1st line" that no one is in a hurry to break up.

Hagelin (GP:64 G:14 A:24 P:38)-Richards (GP:82 G:25 A:41 P:66)-Gaborik (GP:82 G:41 A:35 P:76)
Anisimov(GP:79 G:16 A:20 P:36)-Stepan(GP:82 G:17 A:34 P:51)-Callahan(GP:76 G:29 A:25 P:54)
Dubinsky(GP:77 G:10 A:24 P:34)-Boyle(GP:82 G:11 A:15 P:26)-Fedotenko(GP:73 G:9 A:11 P:20)
Rupp(GP:60 G:4 A:1 P:5)-Mitchell(GP:63 G:5 A:11 P:16)-Prust(GP:82 G:5 A:12 P:17)

Hagelin-Richards-Nash
Kreider-Stepan-Zuccarello
Pouliot-Brassard-Callahan
Moore-Boyle-Dorsett

It is early but its my opinion that with all its pieces in play this is a more mature and talented (and better coached) team than we had in '11-'12.

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