This is the year that Greening might show that he can be a top 6 guy.
I feel like the sens have given him a good chance to be a big part of this team (he has sometimes been relegated to bottom trios though), but his offensive contributions have been very streaky. He is still young, and only has one full season to his name really.
I am not really certain what specific area of his game is holding him back, maybe it's a combo of:
being a little snake-bitten
not using his big frame to his advantage
not really having a mean streak.
He could be a very big deal for the sens, and make opponents' lives very uncomfortable. I want to see Paulrus give him the ice time and linemates in 13-14 to prove it.
Last edited by Karl Eriksson: 07-16-2013 at 10:02 AM.
Would love to see Greening take his game to the next level. He's a smart guy. I think he knows he needs to be a little bit more consistently physical. Both Greening and Zibanejad could become very valuable players this year if they can take a step forward and start using their natural physical tools a bit more.
I have faith that he can make a step up...but even if he doesn't he's still a nice player for us.
Spezza, Karlsson and Michalek: Need to come back 100% injury free
Zibanejad, Pageau, Conacher: Continue to improve development but keep the rookie enthousiasm.
Wiercoch: This is where the team passes or fails. So much responsability on him being a top 4 guy at the start of the season. Needs to play a reliable 22 minutes per game.
Condra: Asking him to improve his defensive aspect of the game is asking him to become a Selke Trophy nominee. He doesn't need to improve, but he needs to keep his peskiness. Condra minutes are important minutes.
Cowen: We're all expecting him to develop into a defensive beast. We saw how awful he looked against the elite players of Pittsburgh. He needs to improve his hockey IQ.
Greening: This guy has so much going for him. He's a fast skater, second best shot on the team, also has size! He`s just not aggressive enough.
If Anderson and Lehner keep being one of the best goalie tandem in the league and the above players improve just a bit, the Sens should have an awesome season.