In your opinion, which one of our young guys is most likely to break out this season? My personal belief is that Dmitri Kalinin will have an excellent year. IMO, he's a young Konstantinov. I get weird looks from most Sabre fans when I say that, but that's what I see in Dmitri. He may not play with that same edge Vladimir did, but I believe it will come in time. He shows a little of it from time to time.
10 goals 27 assists for 37 points.
Whoa...Expecting big things out of Roy aren't we? Those are Calder candidate numbers. I can't see him making that big of an impact in his first year.
Another thing, if he makes this team, who will he replace?
I know those are drastic numbers for a rookie, especially one coming out of Buffalo. But look at Kotalik. He had 21 goals last year. I don't think anyone here can say they expected that from him. People here areexpecting big things from Roy. I know people expected big things from Connolly too. However, the difference between Connolly and Roy is obvious, and that is intensity, desire, and passion. Connolly showed about as much desire as a rock last year. Roy has all the intensity he can have. This guy seems like he wants to win more than anyone on the team. And I feel he will step up his game in a huge way, knock someone, possibly Dumont, out of a job, and break into the league in a big way.
(By the way i really like this thread and I am interested on everyone's views as well)
Late last season Pyatt showed he can be a very good power forward in the league and i honestly think he will start on the 3rd line and that will get him going to get back to the first line. Those #'s arn't amazing or anything, but i think it's a break out from the 14-14-28 he had last season and 26 goals is just 2 shy of his career total.
I also think Taylor is going to have a big year....I watched the game against the Leafs and he really looked like he was using his size a lot more to his advantage...also Max will have a big year if he goes injury free
Roy looks like he belongs in the NHL, but do you want him playing the 4th line? Pyatt could have a big year, but not while playing on the 3rd line. Afinogenov could be dangerous as well, but again, will need to get top line ice time. If Satan holds out, i think it changes the face of our lines considerably.
That would set up Pyatt to put up big numbers, IMHO. A player not to be ignored is Hecht. If Briere and him have a good season, he could net 30 goals, 60 pts easily. Drury could have a career year here, i'm talking 20 goals, 50+ assists.
The team as a whole will perform better. This year's breakout player in my opinion has to be Taylor Pyatt. It's time for him. He might get really close to the 50 point mark. Pending a Satan holdout he would be 1st/3rd line. And if you think Roy or Connolly on 3rd line, thats goals from Roy and (hopefully) assists from Connolly. I think it's Pyatt's time. He's only 22 though, remember that. So if he doesn't break out yet, we've got time on him.
I also think Henrik Tallinder surprises a lot of people this year.
i was impressed with pyatt at camp. He looked better with the puck. and he defenitly looked stronger. so i expect a breakout from him. Also i was impressed with cambell in camp. He was really jumping into the play a lot, but he didnt look bad in his own zone either.Tallinder would be # 3 for me as far as breakouts go.
Sounds like a good idea to me Zim. Put those two together with Roy as center, Mair at left and possibly throw Maxim Afinogenov on the right. Or you could move Brown to wing and let him lay the right side. Something to ponder over.
I agree that if Roy makes the team, which I think he should have made LAST year, he will have an excellent year. However, my break-out player won't have a ton of points, but I see him becoming probably the second most reliable defenseman on the team after McKee. Henrik Tallinder. He has the size and he's a decent skater. He got burned a few times last year, but I think that's rookie jitters.