I don't know if you can really call Callahan "breakout", but I still say he could burn some serious twine if he's healthy. 30+
I also think Stepan will have a Boyle-esque season where he'll be God in the first half and cool down in the second half. That's being said I wouldn't put 25 above Stepan's head. I'll say 26, 27 for Stepan. He'll be huge this year.
I see Stepan as a plateau player. I don't think he'll be a 40 guy but I see him reaching just under 30's neighborhood fairly quickly and staying there awhile.
He looked very good at times, but also very weak at others. I think he'll be better prepared next year.
I`m all with you on this one. In fact,I believe his good for at least 50 points in a top six role.
Unfortenaly,he has too high cap hit. I`m afraid this is gonna force him out of the starting team.
If thats the case,I hope they trade him to another team, instead of burying his cap in the minors.
First of all, there is no one on our roster who even remotely resembles Jeff Skinner. Your talking about a player who might end up as a 40/40 guy in his 2nd season.
Secondly, if I had to chose a player on our roster for a possible breakout season, the obvious choice would be McDonagh. He has terrific speed,tremendous balance and exceptional lower body strength. He is a stud who will be our best defenseman for years to come and I firmly believe that he will become one of the top defensive defensemen in the league in a few years once he gains additional experience. Watch his game closely for all the little things he does so effectively and you'll agree with my assessment of him. He will become an all star for his performance on the ice and not because he's Eric and Jordan Staal's brother.
Could you explain that last point there. There are a lot of implications and none of them make sense except that you're obsessed with other teams players while constantly and incorrecting underselling your own teams.
Anyway to stay on point I also think McD. He's got strength and speed you can't teach easily and offense aside if he uses it to becoe an even better defenseman we're going to have two amazing shut down lines. Ok well if he pulls that off I guess it will be another year down the line so I guess the most likely choice is Artie.
Getting top line minutes with Richards and Gaborik.
30 goals, 65 points.
why does everyone assume that Dubinsky will play with Gaborik and Richards. if it is broke dont fix it. leave the Pack line together.
i got a gut feeling that Fedotenko will be our first line LW. he knows how to play for Torts and Feds and Richards did play together for the Bolts.. although i can see Avery as an option since him and Gaborik did have some chemistry since Avery can skate when isnt going offsides..
for players from previous teams:
for forward....Prust i think he can get 15 goals this year.
for defense....Dan Girardi i think he will get at least 10 goals
for new players
forward...i think a player like Hagelin can make the team and have an impact
for defense..i think a kid like Valentenko will finally make it and surprise a few with some goals..