i thought so too, but then except for Rask, who else? Crawford (if he gets enough games till the end of season) Anderson probably wont get enough games. Bobrovsky? no ones really shining this season, if any of those names are possible candidates, i think price is too..
I wouldn't, too many question marks in the playoffs. The only proven asset in the playoffs is Subban. Markov has been underwhelming in the post season. The veteran leadership the team had in Gill, Cammalleri, Gomez etc is not here any more and I don't expect Price to play like 2010 Halak. That said, this team has much more depth than the ECF one. I only worry about the toughness, I don't think little guys like Gallagher and Desharnais will handle easily the tight defense and checking of the playoffs. This team really needs some big bruising defensive minded Dman.
First of all, the ''Markov has been underwhelming in the PO'' idea is way too exaggerated. It's very similar to the one about Plekanec.
The problem is that for both those guys, they were given the top defensive duties and focused a lot more on that. But neither of those players are a problem. Both will perform whatever role they're asked of well.
Also, this is the first time that we have as much effective depth, and we are still without Bourque, Prust and Diaz, three players that had important roles. If we roll into the POs with a pretty healthy roster, we will be a very tough team to contain.
It seems people like to say that we should be bigger but I feel it's because that's what we've been used to saying these past years. I feel our group is a well balanced bunch. Could we get bigger? Sure. Will it be a problem? I don't think so.
Gallagher and DD are the least of my worries. These small guys have shown how tough they can battle, I don't see why it would change in the POs. They don't shy away from adversity, so I don't understand why they would suddenly change because the intensity gets a bit higher.
I think adding some bigger guys always helps, but to say that we're missing it to the point of not being contenders is a bit much. We've only lost 5 times in regulations through 30 games and unlike 07-08, it's not thanks to our PP. We're among the best teams at ES.
Except when you actually start looking around the league, you start realizing it is possible.
Its usually a stats driven prize, so he's got the wins category going for him. If he can boost his save percentage about 8 points, and shave off .05 off his GAA, you're looking at a wins leader with a 920 save percentage and a 2.2x GAA
Subban can me more consistent, and he can get smarter with some of his decisions. Guy's always reminded me of Chelios when he started out, at least in some ways. Just cause he's great doesn't mean he can't improve. Personally I really like the way Therrien's handled his young players. Eller is blooming under him, and Subban is mostly shining.
He's just trying to keep pushing him to become a more consistent and even better player, he's already shown he can be dominant but once he becomes more consistent he'll be a perennial top 5 defenseman in the league for years to come. Bit off topic but I still laugh at Philly fans who said they wouldn't trade Couturier for him
I get the feeling PK might be a little annoyed with Therrien's approach with him. But, there is no doubt it will pay off in the long run. PK is soooo much more well rounded this year. PK has always risen to new challenges by improving his game constantly. I think Therrien's hard nose approach is the best approach to take with a player like PK. He's tapping in to his real potential and actually coaching him instead of letting him run wild.
Therrien knows PK can be a superstar and a player that will carry this team and he will treat him like that as soon as he feels PK is there. By the way PK has played this year I believe that day is right around the corner. For now, Therrien is treating him as a young player with a lot to learn and that's the only way PK is going to step to the next level in his game. Something he has done every time he's faced that challenge.
He is kidding, right? Subban IS a dominant player!
He's 100% right. Being dominant means being Ray Bourque/Denis Potvin/Larry Robinson dominant. He's not there yet. Let you not forget that Therrien coached Crosby and Malkin. He knows what dominancy means. PK has been productive offensively no doubt. But that doesn't mean he's dominant. Stats don't tell all.
PK Subban is already a great player, but he can improve, just like Price, which is scary but awesome. Subban's having a career year right now and he's just going to keep improving. Therrien isn't wrong in what he's saying.