Does anyone think this team can win relying on guys like Higgins, Richardson, and Matthias to take a regular shift?
Ummm wot... DA FOCK... are you talking about?
All of those players have been "taking a regular shift" forever!
Even a top line of Sedin, Sedin, and Vrbata is not really a top line any more.
Actually that is the projected top line of your Vancouver Canucks.
The question is not "Are they a top line?"
The question is "How good of a top line are they at this point?"
I'd say that, barring injury, and, given the likelihood of a bounce-back of sorts, they're an average NHL 1st line.
Especially with a second line of Burrows, Bonino, and Kassian. Not exactly gang busters.
The potential is there for this to be a decent 2nd line IF the chemistry is there.
And if the chemistry... isn't
there... well then that probably won't be the 2nd line.
Given the likelihood of a Burrows bounce-back (of sorts) and more minutes for Kassian, who knows...
The team has depth at forward, but extremely limited goal scoring skill.
I'd say the bottom 6 Canuck forwards will score more goals than the average NHL bottom 6.
This likely won't be a high scoring team unless a miracle happens
(something like Kassian, Vey, and Horvat all breaking out)
... but they should win just enough games to sneak into the playoffs.
And fuck the debate over Dorrset and/or Sestito. Those are guys are a easy to acquire and only useful once the rest of the team is clicking
Yeah I don't think you have the foggiest clue as to what we have in Dorsett dude.
There is no debate.
Dorsett can "take a regular shift".