I forgot you can tell the future.....for all you know Brunner is the real deal and Smith is the next coming.
And as for Lidstrom comments....yeah we lost Lidstrom....we dont have a Lidstrom anymore, BUT NIETHER DOES ANY OTHER TEAM. We have just as much of a chance to win the cup as any other premier team. for pete sake LA was an 8 seed and NJ was a 6. get real anything can happen int he playoffs.
I'm not claiming that Brunner and Smith will not play well. But i'm also not claiming that Smith will win the calder and step in and score 20 goals like some people around here are. I happen to think Smith will see allot of ice time, but he's going to make allot of mistakes. Thats part of the development. Brunner, I have no clue what to expect. I'm just not comfortable with placing allot of expectations on these two. These types of players aren't going to make huge impacts in our lineup this year. I think its unfair to expect that at this point. Reallisticly speaking, if we had dropped Lidstrom and Stuart from our lineup for any extended period of time we would have been in big trouble last year. I realize its hard for some to grasp but this is going to be one of the weakest rosters we have seen as redwings fans for a long time.
As far as the Kings winning the cup, sure almost any team that gets in can get hot and win. But the Kings weren't a bunch of nobodies that shocked the world. They were a club with a ton of talent that under achieved most of the year. With the subtractions that came this offseason, i'm not sure I feel comfortable calling the wings a premier club right now.