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08-23-2010, 11:26 AM
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8/23 - Biggest Surprise of 2010-2011

A good surprise is always welcome. Whether it is getting two decoder rings in your breakfast cereal or a free appetizer, sometimes life gives you those extra gems. The same goes with hockey. It goes without saying that Latendresse bursting on the scene and scoring 25 goals after his December trade would be the biggest surprise of last season. With a few new players, another year of Todd Richards and a team which is an enigma to many, who do you think on the present roster will be the biggest surprise of 2010-2011?

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Perhaps Barker will make everyone happy

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Sheppard hits 25 points. Yeah, I said it.

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Sheppard breaks out and leads the Wild in scoring next year. He's signed to a lifelong contract in the offseason after carrying the team to its first Stanley Cup. Opens The James Sheppard Center for the Hockey Development of 3-Year-Olds to help the less fortunate follow in his footsteps.

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Sheppard hits 25 points. Yeah, I said it.

Wait, you meant Houston right? No seriously I'd take it from him.

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Wait, you meant Houston right? No seriously I'd take it from him.
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Again, I'll take it from him. If he's getting 25 points than the team is doing something right - well that or like five people are injured.

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Miettinen finds the wrist shot he had when he was younger and gets close to 30 goals.

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The biggest surprise will be offensive production from 2 players on the blueline:

Cam Barker: 8g, 29a
Brent Burns: 12g, 32a

Barker offsets his defensive liabilties and Burns becomes a solid two-way top line defenseman.

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I'm thinking Barker as well although Kobasew might be a good candidate depending on how he's used. There's just something about Barker spending a lot of his time injured post-trade where he can exceed expectations.

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I think it'd be considered a surprise if we had two point-per-game players. Koivu and Havlat. Book it, it'll happen .

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I will go with Barker as well. He will still be average to below average mobility wise but will not be a liability in his own zone while providing good first passes, shots through traffic and points on the PP. I agree with GopherState, though, people are already expecting him to fail so anything more than what he showed will be a surprise.

Kobasew and Burns getting back to where they were before wouldn't be a surprise to me. But, maybe I'm too optimistic.

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I'm going to go with Bouchard, he'll come back and play out of his mind scoring 30 goals, or he'll sit in the press box all year with another concussion.

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I will go with Barker as well. He will still be average to below average mobility wise but will not be a liability in his own zone while providing good first passes, shots through traffic and points on the PP. I agree with GopherState, though, people are already expecting him to fail so anything more than what he showed will be a surprise.

Kobasew and Burns getting back to where they were before wouldn't be a surprise to me. But, maybe I'm too optimistic.
It might just be me, but Kobasew's another person whose injuries later in the year overshadowed some of his great play. It wouldn't be the greatest surprise if he returns to form, but it'd be a nice one.

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I'm going to do this 2 fold and pick a player and a line:

Breakout Player Burnsie will hit 45 points this season easily

Breakout Line Combo Clutterbuck-Brodziak-Kobasew will be the forechecking machine the line was supposed to be last year before Kyle got moved into between Lats/Hav and Kobasew went on an injury spree. Clutterbuck will once again be the hits leader in the NHL.

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I'm going to do this 2 fold and pick a player and a line:

Breakout Player Burnsie will hit 45 points this season easily

Breakout Line Combo Clutterbuck-Brodziak-Kobasew will be the forechecking machine the line was supposed to be last year before Kyle got moved into between Lats/Hav and Kobasew went on an injury spree. Clutterbuck will once again be the hits leader in the NHL.
How is that a surprise? =P

Now, if he scores 20 goals AND leads the league in hits, then it'll be a surprise.

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i have a few:

mittens will have a breakout year for his last year on his contract scoring 25 goals and putting up 50-60points.

Burns will get back on track scoring 10goals and putting up 45-50 points, and be the energetic physical dman we know he can be.

Barker will prove hes not useless and can be a valuable dman on this team scoring 5-10 goals, and putting up 35-40 points.

Havlat will live up to his contract scoring 25 goals, and puting up 65-75 points.

Latendresse will have his biggest year so far after the trade he really felt like he could play his game so im going out on a limb and say he scores 30 goals and puts up 50+ points.

Koivu will have another preety good year, about the same in production maybe a lil increase like he has the last 2 seasons, around 75-85 points.

Bouchard will come back early/mid season, and be the extra forward we need to make the playoffs, scoring around 40 points.

And Finally, the Nystrom-Clutterbuck will prove to be a great energetic checking line, that can get **** done, and score big game-winning/tieing goals.

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Anything that I'd post about individual players has already been covered/predicted by others here, so instead of a who, I'm doing a what. The Wild will be the 6th, maybe 7th, but probably 8th seed for the Playoffs. Sure, they'll go out in the first round in 5 or 6, but just like the Avs last year who were predicted to be 13th-15th in the West by everyone, they'll turn some heads. This team is full of hard workers who will play the same no matter what side of a score of 6-1 they are on.

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Biggest surprise would be...

Todd Richards makes it to the end of the season.


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State of Hockey will agree with something Chuck Fletcher does, and I will call him a homer.

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Biggest surprise would be...

Todd Richards makes it to the end of the season.

LOL! I don't hate Richards but that's funny. What about Sheppard making it to the end of the season?

I'm thinking along the lines of others around here. I can really see Kobasew having a great year. Barker also will prove he is worth more than his critics think. I don't know why, I just feel Kobasew (if healthy) will have a great year.

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State of Hockey will agree with something Chuck Fletcher does, and I will call him a homer.
Does not compute

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Sheppard hits 25 points. Yeah, I said it.
lolwut?

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Bouchard comes back and looks good compared to the rest of the roster.

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State of Hockey will agree with something Chuck Fletcher does, and I will call him a homer.
Happened a couple times last year, so I don't think that qualifies as a surprise.

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GMCF repeats his Pouliot-Latendresse brilliance and trades Sheppard for a useful player.

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