Why I'm excited for this team

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  1. haseoke39

    haseoke39 On hiatus

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    Even in this horrific start, the majority of our 18-23 year olds look like they're going to be worth having in five years.

    The majority of vets are so useless that it's obvious why we decided to go into a rebuild.

    A pair of top 3 picks in the next two years giving us a real top line.
     
  2. PlamsUnlimited

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    I tend to agree with this. You put a lot of it together and, in my mind at least, shows why we needed this a while ago instead of the temporary caulking on a damaged hull
     
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    I think the best thing about this team is you're looking at 5 defensemen you'll be able to write down on the lineup for quite a long time. You have Ehrhoff and Zadorov for the lefties and then Myers, Pysyck and Risto on the right side. A decent number 2 center signed for long-term and some mix and match wingers. A high end center would go a long way to cementing the forward mix.
     
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    That's a solid/exceptional unit.

    Now we need to cultivate a sniper or two.
     
  5. Sabre the Win

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    Even Hodgson is looking great on a bad team.

    10 GP, 2 Goals, 5 Assists, 7 Points

    Add whoever we get this year, Reinhart? Nylander? and we could be off to a great start in this rebuild.
     
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    And we've got checking centers for ****ing days if everyone pans out.

    Even if we don't get that top flight offensive pivot, bookending Hodgson with Larsson and Girgensons' lines will mean lots of north-south play and solid defense from the top 9, and we haven't had that kind of depth since the Hasek teams.
     
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    Great center depth and defensive depth; that's how you build contenders.
     
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    Throw McCabe in with those LHD, he's a gamer.
     
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    Out of site, out of mind.
     
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    We are going to have such a plethora of options to pick from to form a great bottom 6 IMO

    Some may be in top 6 who knows .


    Baptiste
    Kea
    Possler
    Bailey
    Nelson
    Catenacci
    Sundher
    Compher
     
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    I like the fact that some players are trending up:

    Zadorov
    Pysyk
    Luke Adam
    J G-Leduc
    Phil Varone
    Enroth
    Lieuwen
    Ristolainen
    Flynn
    Myers (yes: preseason and about the last 5 games)
    Larsson
    Girgensons
    Prospects: McCabe, Hurley, Baptiste, Possler, Compher, Ullmark, Petersen
    Sacco (maybe. PK is much improved this year. Goaltending great, but skaters do their part)
     
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    RiotAct Panickin' 4 Hanifin

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    Hope springs eternal, my man
     
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    There's still not a top tier offensive talent in the pipeline. Until there's one of those, I see no reason to get excited about the long term prospects of the forwards.
     
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    In 1-3 years...

    Girgensons-(Rhinehart, McDavid?)-XXXXX
    Ennis-Hodgson-Armia
    Foligno-Larsson-Flynn
    Tropp-XXXXX-Kaleta/XXXXX

    Ehrhoff-Pysyk
    Zadorov-Myers
    McCabe/McNabb-Ristolainen

    Not bad, but still needs more top-end scoring talent - at least a winger or two.
     
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    The defense could be really good if the cap goes up and everyone pans out. I'm not the biggest Myers fan in regards to his IQ and consistency but if the guy is on our 2nd or even 3rd pairing in a few years who knows what he could do. Almost a reversal of the co-captain years when over qualified forwards were beating up on 3rd and 4th lines. Another scenario is Myers continues his play of the last 5 games throughout the rest of the season and breaks out offensively. Trade him in a few years for a great winger.
     
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    Please move this post to the pessimist thread. Thanks.
     
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    Just an observation, I'm sure the 14/15 drafts address those needs. The defense looks set for a good long time so no need to draft there.
     
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    I love your optimism.
     
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    Its seems like there are always dark horse prospects that have a big impact so even though we don't have an "elite" forward prospect, hopefully one of these guys, armia, or girogrenko can come through.
     
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    Only problem with the rebuild is we have to be patient with Regier after 16 years of frustration. Going to be difficult.
     
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    I didn't forget him, I was pointing out what we're looking at on the current team.
     
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    How about moving it to the realist thread? I disagree with him that there are no reasons to be excited about the forwards however there are no superstars. On the defensive side of things there seems to be a core of players that are NHL caliber, that will hopefully only get better the more they play and is a position that doesn't need to be addressed for now. On the offensive side of things we're heading towards having three above average yet equal lines with players maybe scoring 45-60 points a season. Hodgson would be a second line centre on most teams. I'm not saying he isn't a good player, not saying I don't want him in a Sabres uniform but he just isn't a top centre or top tier scorer. Obviously Hodgson and his agent agree or they wouldn't have taken a six year deal paying him 4.25mil a year. There is enough potential talent to be competitive but you need top 20/30 point scorer(s) and a decent goalie to make long playoff runs. You could argue both sides as to whether we have a decent goalie in the system but it's much harder to make an argument that there is a top 20 or 30 scorer in the bunch.
     
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    I realize his ice-time has been quite limited so far but how has Larsson looked? Everything I've read has been positive but wouldn't mind heariing a bit more... Also, has he been playing C exclusively?
     
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    Looks good defensively and on the forecheck. Has played exclusively at center except for maybe a few shifts earlier on. His faceoffs have been uneven game to game. Not much in the way of offensive production but that goes for the whole team, and he's spent a lot of time on the 4th line.
     
  25. Beerz

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    Elite offensive forwards have yet to come.

    We'll have our shot at them...
     

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