Bruins deserve more love here, especially if you start talking upside because most of our key players (minus Savard and Ryder) are young and promise to play better in 2 years than they're playing right now.. Ahh well, there's time.
crosby + malkin = 90 ... more than half of your 12 best players added together, thats probably why montreal isnt in this poll
Yea but the problem is that the Habs are underachieving at the moment.
The PP is 27th in the league, Kovy has not score in 18 games, Latendresse and S Kost are dangerously underperforming, Higgins has been injured twice, Plekanec is not even the shadow of the player he was last year, A Kost had a major slump of at least 15 games after his concussion.
It amazing how many problems the Habs had. And now Koivu is injured too.
I think that the Habs can still be a offensive powerhouse but as we speak, they are not.
The main two reasons why the Habs have the third best record in the east is our defensive unit (minus O'Byrne) and Carey Price who has been amazing so far this year.
You pick a team that is 14th out of 15 teams in the conferance in goals scored as the 4th scariest offence? They don't have a single player in double digets for goals scored. They aren't in the top 20 let alone the top 5.
Sharks leaders 08-09
Thornton- 32 points (on pace for 93)
Marleau-31 points (on pace for 90)
Setoguchi-31 points (on pace for 90)
Boyle-24 points (on pace for for 72)
Clowe-23 points (on pace for 68)
Pavelski-23 points (on pace for 68)
Blake-21 points (on pace for 61)
Michalek-18 point (on pace for 52)
Vlasic-18 points (on pace for 52)
Ehrhoff-16 points (on pace for 46)
Grier-11 (on pace for 35)
Cheechoo-8 (on pace for 34-but will likely go on his mid season tear)
Goc-5 (on pace for 20)
Top 4 D expected total=231 (should go down)
Top 9 F expected total=550 (granted this will almost certainly go down)
Top 4 D total=106 (including ~40 from Campbell while on Buffalo)
Top 9 forward=368
So Thornton is on pace to have less points, the Sharks D looks to be increasing their points by over 100. And the forwards are magically getting nearly 200 more points off the back of Thornton, even though his points are going down?
Get a clue. It amazes me when people say things when they really have no idea. Do some research or even better, watch a game.
To be fair these totals are likely to go down, but by what, 10%? Even so the Sharks will put up at least an extra 200 points over last years team.
As a side note, Setoguchi has been excellent. Are his totals inflated by playing with the teams two best forwards, and guys who are top 3 (or top 15 in Marleau's case) at there positions? Absolutely, but to think he is leeching off Thornton is ridiculous. I would say Marleau has been in on more of Setoguchi's points than Thornton has.
Please.... its the Wings.
They've absolutely sucked by their standards and apparently forgot to play D. Yet they're still second in the NHL, and they're just stacked with players who not only produce numbers now, but have been for more than a little while, not least in the playoffs.
We haven't even seen what the Wings can do yet this season. I still have them as a goal tending meltdown away from a repeat cup.
Yea the second I clicked on this I expected to see the Flyers as one of the options and I wouldve voted for them right away. Not because Im a homer, but because not only do they produce on even strength and the PP, but they are equally as dangerous on the PK.