Josh's breakout year was last year (not that he'll get worse, but not THAT much better), Josh has no shot, josh is only a decent play maker, Josh has limited offensive upside, Josh is reliable, I like Josh... but Josh is no Markov... Josh is good for 8 goals and 20 Assists... ps: my name is Josh too (teehee)
Gorges gets better with every game he plays. He's a really cerebral player that learns from every mistake he makes and every new situation he sees. I guess it goes without saying that I'm a huge fan seeing how I gave up the awesome Odelein username to give Josh props last season.
Josh Gorgeous is going to step it up huge with Markov out.
Going to finish the year at the #2 d-man.
What did I tell you about drinking and posting Dave?
That's pretty impressive considering that Markov will be back before the season ends. Which means Captain Kelowna will have to jump over Spacek and Hamrlik on the defense rankings to reach your prediction.
I like Gorges as much as anyone. But to expect him to be anything more than a quality top 4 defenseman is IMO just setting yourself up for disappointment.
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I think Ryan O'Byrne will have a breakout year more than Gorges. Having said that, both these B.C. boys will have to step it up to make up for the loss of Markov. I just think O'Byrne's improvement will be greater and more noticeable than Gorges.
So much for O'Byrne. He's hurt...
Very sad, because he was having one hell of a start.
He's a great third to sixth defenceman. He went to pieces last year when he had to play against top lines and provide offence. His offence looks better this year, but he only has so much size and talent.
He plays to the full extent of his ability. Asking him to do more does not work well.