Tiger wrote:Not much to say about defence. Same gang but Tanev and Corado should both be a bit improved by age. Garrison played well last year and will probably be used more effectively this year on PP and as an offensive Dman..
Yeah with Garrison getting comfortable with his new team, he's already playing better, plus we are seeing his deadly bombs with more accuracy now.
Hoping Torts can find a way to create 3 solid pairings with left - right side dmen, with Garrison and Edler on our #1 powerplay line, it should be a much more efficient special team.
Be interesting to see how Torts plays our #1 and #2 powerplay lines. AV seemed to rarely have Burrows out there with the Sedins - full time anyways, putting Kesler out there instead with the Sedins.
Tiger wrote:With the Sedins and Burrows line being another year older and no big improvements to the other lines I doubt we will improve a lot in the goals for department.
My take ? We will need 100% effort from all players and a little luck to win the division but should make the playoffs with the new playoff format.. The team as it stands now is the weakest we have put on ice since 2008/09
imo if we are to be a contending team all season and more importantly during the post season, the success will have to rely on the coattails of Kesler being healthy for a full season, as we all know we can count on the Sedin's to be that under the radar bonafide #1 line silently putting up top 20 in the league points while playing against the other teams top defensive players and/or #1 lines.
It's just after Kesler went through all those injuries and surgeries after his career year he's obviously never been the same and as a result, all the other opposing teams had to do was stifle the Sedin line and that basically shut this team down as we couldn't score worth shit. And even when RK did come back he wasn't up to his speedy, sniper, shotgun shooting self again.
But he says he's feeling better than ever so hopefully he can shake off the RUST and shitty play of the past coupla years and regain his Selke trophy like play asap!