Cornuck wrote:After all the talk of a great pre-season, discussions about our depth, it's time to put up or shut up.
It's interesting to see how much the tables have been turned. This time last year, no one, and by that I mean the sports media pundits, chose Vancouver to come out on top in the NW
; this year, Vancouver seems to be everyone's pick to repeat as division champs
It's 82 games away and a lot can happen until April but I'm cautiously optimistic about this season.
I love the JayBo signing as well as the Sutter hiring, but they didn't replace Cammalleri. They hope to get a full season's production out of OJ, but I can see the Phlegms be more one-dimensional than ever, now that they also have to be defensively responsible before going on the attack.
Meanwhile, Vancouver lost Ohlund, half a season of Sundin, and Taylor Pyatt among others and replaced them with Ehrhoff, (Schneider,) Samuellson and Shirokov. Wellfed, Bernier, and MayRay look like they're poised to have a breakout season as a unit. I think everyone, including Steve Yzerman, hope to see Luongo have a career year with the Olympics in his backyard, and I have a good feeling that he will. The team has been AV's to direct for three years now, and with Scott Arniel preaching a very similar system in Manitoba, the learning curve to fit into the AV system shouldn't be so steep.