Got to think with the kids starting to mature that the power play will improve. Having a capable power play nets us like 35+ extra goals at least a year. Tatar, Sheahan and Jurco's numbers can only go up at this point ( assuming they stay relatively healthy)
The team has to stress the importance of having a consistent power play. It was one of our major causes for losing games last year.
The guy has won at all levels. An NHL rookie playing for Sweden in the gold medal game. A big part of Calder cup win. 28 goals in his shortened rookie season. All in a matter of two years. This guy could be a special player in the league. If he was bigger everyone would be all over him and think he's going to be a superstar. I'll be happy with him continuing to prove ppl wrong and fly under the radar. Much like this Datsyuk fella
Young players are going to be inconsistent. But having a guy that can step into the league in his first year and nearly score 30 is something special. Nyquist looked good as well the goals weren't flukes he's playing the game the right way. If he can get stronger and smarter then he can be a consistent 25 goal scorer. Not every elite team has a consistent 40-45 goal scorer
Why can't Nyquist, under a whole season (if healthy) score 20-25 goals? Our entire rookie 3rd line should at least match their last year totals.
Where are we exactly losing production? Even if we have a freak injury plagued season the totals should be matched. Without going through 25 games with Cleary, Bertuzzi and Samuelsson taking up roster spots from our most productive players
The fat is trimmed offensively. We may be a bit too lean sometimes but it looks a lot nicer then opening day last year
Can't compare teams that have a bunch of top 5 draft picks. We just had our highest since 91. We never started with guys like Kane, Toews and Doughty. Things were way rougher for them before there success as well. If we can get back to elite without becoming a bottom feeder then Holland is a genius
Wait until we stockpile enough talent that are truly expendable to our team to make a trade. Tatar is the only guy with value I can see us being okay with losing (just because we have a better, more well rounded small forward)
The market isn't there to acquire "top line winger" or "top pairing puck moving defensemen". This board can't even put a name to these players they want so bad because it simply isn't feasible. I'm predicting we see a trade made in the future of a can't miss perfect deal and you will all be glad we didn't sell the farm for whatever's available