Ok we have reached the halfway point, well a couple games past but you all get the point. So how is this season going vs what you thought prior to the season?
before the season I posted that we would:
1. Start fast and do well the first 30-40 games.
2. be middle of the pack scoring but pretty good on D.
3. Injuries would mount mid season to second half.
4. We would fight for the final PO spot most of the year.
Well, mostly right to date. The one that we as a team are a little behind on is D. I thought we would be top 10 by the end of the year-currently we are 14th in goals allowed.
IF the PO's started today we would be 7th, 1 point ahead of 8th.
As for some of the players, some more thoughts.
Dekeyser is our best Dman. We have to get him healthy asap. I thought he had a good chance to be the top Dman after a year. Great job DD!
Tatar and Nyquist. I have said for a couple of years now on this forum that both need to play and that both were 40 point per year guys. Some attacked me for saying that, which is fine. But guess what, they are on .5 points per games pace, which comes to 41 points per year. I think some of that attacks come from the fact we haven't had many 40 point per year guys, and forgot what they look like/play like. 40 points isn't bad, just not superstar numbers.
Jurco-he looked good and needs to come back up. he could be awesome with about 10 more pounds of muscle.
Sheahan=Abby. Not a bad thing. bring him back up asap as well and let him play of the 4th line.
All the young Dmen. Almquist, oullett, marchenko, soon to be Sproul, etc..... All have played except Sproul and all have done a nice job. They are proving they have value and thus give us depth and trade pieces if/when needed.
For the second half, expect more of the same. I think we will still make the PO's keeping the streak alive. Now that it is the new year, I will also start looking at the draft prospects as well.