We all know how decimated/weak we are on the back end, and how we are, let's be honest, not Cup contenders, and that making the playoffs last year, while it was a VERY pleasant surprise, was not something to indicate that we are a perennial playoff team for at least a couple more years. We also all know how deep the 2013 draft class is. With that said, what are you hoping for this year, to make a push for a playoff spot, or to finish as low in the standings as possible (this year only), since we are not contenders anyway, get a high pick in this deep draft, and try to push deeper into the playoffs in 13/14 and beyond?
Pretty much during this "3 year plan" I will be riding the "I ain't even mad train". If Ottawa makes the playoffs this year then awesome. If Ottawa fails to make it and continues to build on their already impressive prospect pool then awesome as well.
I think by this point anyone Ottawa calls up has played enough AHL games to go back for their playoffs? That way even if the big team fails then Silfverberg can get some playoff experience in NA.
If we make the playoffs, we get playoff hockey... and playoff hockey is a fantastic development tool for our young guys.
If we don't make the playoffs, it's a hella-deep draft year. Anyone in the top-15 are going to be good, good players in this league.
Silver lining to both viewpoints. I'm just glad there's actually going to be a season this year.
The season is so short that essentially the whole regular season will be playoff hockey. That, and knowing that a high pick in this ultra-deep draft is the best thing for this team to become a perennial contender, rather than a tweener between a playoff team and a bottom feeder.
Playoffs would be awesome, but realistically I see this being more of a scouting season. Gives us a chance to find out who can make the transition to the NHL and where our holes truly are as opposed to the obvious gaps on paper. With our huge amount of cap space and the lack thereof on other teams, we could fill the gaps we find this season in June and have a pretty kickass team next year.
I "hope" we add a dman (or 2) and I hope we make the playoffs and go on a run. Why waste Alfie's last year? We don't need to add a lot to give us a chance - just find a good D and maybe another depth D and lets give it a shot.