Do we have enough offense right now??? The way I see it it depends on Reinprecht coming back to be a 50 point guy and Kobasew parlaying his AHL stats to the NHL. And who will be our 2nd line center??? Yelle is a # 3 guy, Lombardi can only be depended on for 4th line duty this year due to his concussion. Do you think Marcus Nilson can be a #2 center or move him to 2nd line left wing and put Reinprecht in the #2 center slot? Vinny Damphousse or Peter Bondra i think would be good 2nd line wingers, Damphousse a little more craftier, Bondra a little faster. Or just leave it alone.............????
We have more offence than we did last year and we did just fine. Also, the Flames only let in 2 a game on average, so if they arerage 2.5 gf per game they will be in good shape. Vinny and Bondra don't fit with the Flames at all. NO to both of them.
I think there are 2 ways to look at this question. 1 are you lookign form since teh last game played or from teh beginning of the last season played? Theres a big diffrerence since we picked up some players who havent played a full season wiht the Flames.
From our opening roster in '03-04 we have upgraded our roster by adding Nilson, Simon, Amonte, Langkow and McCarty with only subtracting Gelinas, McAmmond, Conroy, Saprykin and Clark. thats a pretty big improvemtn if you ask me.
But if you only look from the day after our last playoff game then its a little different. Then we would have only added Langkow, Amonte and McCarty and lost McCammond, Conroy, Gelinas, Clark and Saprykin.
Personally I feel the lose of Gelinas, McAmmond to be rather insignificant b/c they were winding down on there production and durability during the regular season. Saprykin is kinda a question mark b/c who knows how he does in Pheonix. Clark is nothing except a 4th liner energy guy who can chip in here and there. Hopefully Amonte can return to his old form but i have some doubts of wether thats possible. Though in Amontes diffence he still has his speed he used to have and unlike Gelinas Amonte has better finishing hands which means he will finish a hell of alot more plays than Gelinas did while with the Flames.
I still feel as though we could use one more scoring threat but I am willing to give the youngsters Kobasew and Lombardi another chance or 2 before bringing in someone more established. Hopefully Nilson can contribute more in the offensive department this season then he has so far in his career, he has the talent.
A healthy Reinprecht should go along way in helping the offense aswell.
Still a few question marks up front but a hell of alot less then previous years. Thank God.