he seem's to be in great shape, how many points he will bring us this year???
75 GP 24 goals 32 assist 56 pts. second line center
While difficult to judge from preseason games, he's looked pretty damn impressive so far this year, so I think your prediction is a pretty good one. If I'm going to be optimistic about him, that's about the point total I'd put him at this year. Might play more games though, so the PPG average will come down
edit: one of the problems with assuming he'll put up fewer points than last year, is that he hardly put up any points until like December last year. This year, he's not a rookie and is more prepared to hit the ground running. That's definitely a big plus when it comes to matching his previous production
riddle me this: when was the last time a third line player put up 60 points? because of much as he might be more than that, the chances of him usurping Gomez and Drury are slim and none.
Dubinsky's not really a "third line" player. He's very likely to find himself playing 2nd line + PP + PK for at least a good portion of the season. I think it would be astonishing if Dubinsky played 82 games and put up less than 45 points. I think his ceiling this season, even on 2nd line + PP stops at around 60 and expect to see him somewhere in between. A decline in production from last season, in 82 games? That would certainly be considered a regression for Dubinsky; I don't think there are many who think he needs Jagr to break 40 points anymore.
I guess it all depends about how quickly Renney takes his head out of his ass and 1) stops considering Voros anything more than a 4th line player, b) realizes that Zherdev does not fit next to Gomez and Naslund, and 3) puts Callahan back with Dawes and Drury. By mid-season, as per his track record, Renney will stumble upon the correct line combinations, whereby Dubi and Zherdev are placed on a line together, and suddenly, the offense will quick. Of course, 75% of Ranger fandom will wonder what the hell took him so long, much like the last two seasons.
Well I think the above is why he may not do as well as last yr.............I mean going from Jagr line to Voros and Callahan likely,eeek...........throw Fritche instead of Voros although it is understandable given the whole "size up front" concern
Voros is only 27 and scored a bit last yr so u never know, would be a steal of a deal if he comes out scoring as well as taking the body
Just some combinations...but to be honest, something has got to give. Someone will be traded this year. And yes, I put Neved in at left wing, which he has played before, because if he keeps playing like he has, there is no reason he shouldn't be on the squad, and considering his production so far would be a steal at 1mil a year considering we gave Naslund 6+ and he has no points so far.
Yeah, we're having offensive troubles already, so let's just go and trade away our #1 center.
I think it depends on your philosophy-- if the future is now then we shouldn't have dumped Jagr in the first place. If the future is 3-5 years from now its not a bad idea to give Dubinsky more ice time because I really think he can be a star given his talents. If anyone were to be a trade candidate though, it would be Drury as he doesn't seem to fit offensively with anyone on this team, but then again Drury started slow last year and picked it up when it mattered down the stretch.
I'm just saying we have a very deep club right now. Trading someone in their prime, who is making more money then they are worth and moving the younger players who have proved to be capable is a viable option. (Don't talk point comparison, Dawes and Dubi didn't get top or 2nd line duty till mid season)
We can't move Drury because of his no trade clause, and he and Prucha/Dawes need a real setup man. Enter Nedved, Dubi or Gomez.
So we have real viable options, the question is what do we do with them, and when do we decide that enough is enough on parts that we could get rid of for some good compensation and still field a servicable , competitive team.
Mark my words, before the season is over, Drury will be moved to wing, or Gomer will be traded.