"..We need the borderline guys--Fisher, Leggy, Erat, SK--to get going." Remember, this is going to be their "career seasons", right???
Counting on these guys for offense is futile-- they are complementary offensive players at best, and 3rd line material on some nights.
SK is proving to be not that valuable. His playoff disappearance act was unsettling, and his lackluster play has carried over this season. He has motivation issues.
You have to love Fisher's game, but he's never going to a semi-consistent offensive threat. 13 years in the league is enough to know this.
Lewgand does this every year-- plays with intensity the first 10-15 games, then goes on auto-pilot for about the next 60 . He'll be willing to get his nose dirty towards of the end of the season and playoffs (if playoffs). The thing is, when he plays more passively, he doesn't belong on a scoring line-- he doesn't have the skills to coast offensively and play on the perimeter.
Erat- the most offensive ability of the bunch, but very streaky. Always has been.
HornQ- another complementary player.
Wilson has taken a big step this year-- hopefully he can keep it up. Smith is a light of optimism, but you have to remember he was a decent (not great) scorer in college -- so he has a lot to prove to be a good, consistent scorer in the NHL over 82 games + playoffs. I wouldn't count on this guy to solve our scoring woes-- especially not as a rookie.