Dawgs in the Desert… Keep your eyes out.
- SJW Trigger Warning: This is Biased. Go Yotes!*
I am absolutely biased here. And I am totally okay with that. I cashed a lot from betting this team late last season and for good reason. Tocchet and the team finally found a way to play with each other. I said all season that they need the ONE guy that would be a top 30 goal scoring proven forward, and now that they have one I think I am beyond excited to watch this team play. Galchenyuk brings two things. A proven scoring record and solid speed. I don’t think I can doubt him scoring another 30 goals. Now lets add Grabner into the mix. Another 30 goal scoring forward (albeit a long time ago) but he also brings a massive amount of speed, a multi tooled forward. His scoring may have dropped off but in all honesty it might be the small things that would help lift this team. Oesterele and Hinnie add more experience to a roster that REALLY needed it.
A couple of players to watch:
- Clayton Keller (duh this kid is a stud but can he do it again)
- Richard Panik
- Lawson Crouse
Panik and Crouse are both guys who ‘s career should really use this year to get “resurrected”. I love Crousey absolute stud (partial rocket too) he’s a great power forward. My concern here is him being able to translate his OHL and AHL game to the NHL game. As of now, that is a heavy no, but if he can start this season with a bang, there is no doubt he will be able to build off that. Panik has not been able to do much since his 22–22–44 point season. You see flashes of hit here and there but nothing crazy. What I would really like to see from him, is his play making abilities. I think if you add him to a lone of Hinnie and Stepan he might be able to do something. But there are a lot of questions about him and what he will truly do this season.
The D core and goaltending is solid, i think. The key here is just need to stay healthy. I would not doubt this team aiming to make a run get close to the wild card spot (maybe) or (dare i say it ) make the playoffs. This is a good squad. I will probably be making a long shot bet here for them to win the division (my biased portion of this).
Power Ranking: 16
Total Points: 80.5(Over) (Line is from MyBookie)