For me a realistic expectation is to win a few more of the easy ones (ie. St Louis) , get a playoff berth better that 8th and make a run for it the way the Oilers did this year.
tantalum wrote:The truth of the matter is that the average canuck fan is going to overrate the team...such as expecting to score as many or more goals this year than last (256). For that to happen pretty much every player has to have a career year. It could happen but in all likelihood it won't..
On the other side of things, you have Flames, oiler and Avs fans who will predict the same players will only score 200 goals (only St. louis scored less than 200, chicago was the next lowest with 211). They will underate the canucks.
Believe me there is a thread at Calgarypuck making fun of canuck fans on hockeys future for predicting 265 goals from this club (would essentially be top 5 going by last years totals last year) while some flames fans are predicting that 200-210 mark. Which would be essentially last in the league based on last years totals.
In all likelihood the number will lie in between those two extremes. This will not be an offensive powerhouse team but I do think they will be in the middle of the pack slightly above or slightly below 15th.
So are "we" (i.e. the average canuck fan) overrating them...yeah probably. But others are underrating them. It's simply called being a fan and really at this stage everyone is tied for first place in the standings so why not be optimistic?
Offensively I think canuck fans are closer to the truth than other teams fans. This seems to me to be a deeper lineup (especially if Nonis can secure a top 6 RWer). Defensively I think those other folks may be closer to the truth. No doubt about it right now the canucks are doing a lot of finger crossing with Bieksa, Bourdon and Krajicek (we already know tremblay can't play defence). It is a weak blueline on paper at this moment in time. Of course one decent #5 worthy addition makes the blueline far better. And you never know Bourdon could surprise with a good 5/6 showing all year and Krajicek may continue his progress and become that top 4 guy. It's a lot of ifs and hit or miss right now for the blueline.
But of course the opposite holds true...flames fans are going to be overly optimistic at this time while other fans will underrate the team. It goes for any team.
Note I say "average fan". I think most on this board in particular are far from the average fan. Most can take the rose coloured glasses off and see the team for what it is. Give an honest assessment. Certainly not the case on most boards.
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