From my perspective, last season was actually quite good for the team. We challenged for the division lead a handful of times, had some really stellar offensive output, and watched our top d-pair develop into one of the best in the league. That's all without mentioning Couturier's rise to become a solid two-way 1C and apparent team leader.
Of course, barring some sort of upgrade, it seems a given that our goaltending will remain subpar for 2018-19. I know I personally believe this to
Totally agree with TK. Even when the flyers were at their worst in his rookie year I said watch this guy bc he’s the only guy who is always going to goal and consistently trying to make things happen offensively. Maybe it was naïveté but it works for him. Don’t get the TK- Marchand comparisons. Guess he’d have to score 30 goals first. Then elbow to the head every other game haha
If you can prevent goals at even strength and only score on the PP you're winning games.
Also, Giroux's +27 suggests that him only scoring on the PP is a bit of a fantasy.
If Weal (or Lauughton) and Lindblom are playing on a line with a healthy Simmonds, they will all almost certainly put up more points.
I just hope Hakstol has the sense god gave a donkey and keep Lehtera off the 3rd line.
This is how I feel as well. I'm not convinced that the subtraction of Filppula translates into a better bottom six. First off, I think you have to think about what roles and attributes you want you third and fourth lines to have. Nowadays, your third line has to provide some offensive pop and be defensively responsible. The fourth line has to bring energy and cannot be weak defensively. Offense from the fourth line is a gift, imo. With that in mind, and given the possible candidates to pla
If this team doesn't compete for the division, I'll be very surprised and it will likely be because of injury.
I think expecting Giroux to score 100 pts again is asking too much, I'm really now sure what to think about Coots' production because I was one of the guys anticipating that for a little while, but it's difficult to assume anyone will repeat a career year.
That said, Konecny is the guy I'm excited about on that first line. He could take some serious strides if
I found last year to be very difficult to gauge. They seemed to win or lose with fairly small margins a lot of the time. They could just as easily have won 10 more games as lose them. It'll obviously be a tall order with our net tandem and lack of a 3C right now, but I do hope we see more consistency in their gameplay this year. I think we will.