It’s up to that time….again.
Which of course means that we now need to start looking at the competition that surrounds this team, starting with the teams that, at least in my opinion, are going to shoot the wildcard or even third place in the Atlantic. I wouldn’t call this a ringing endorsement for these teams going into the playoffs, but these are the teams in my estimation that will require actively keeping tabs on if they continue in an early hot streak.
Key signatures: Matthew Savoy (draft), Ilya Lyubushkin, Eric Comry, re-signed by Victor Olofsson, Vinnie Hennistroza, and Jacob Bryson
Key strengths: The squad looks fairly balanced in the top six, didn’t panic and tried to fix everything in free agency, limit flexibility later in the season,
Main weaknesses: goal orientation, consistency
The Sabers didn’t quite light the fire, preferring instead to fill in the roster places and assuming their young talent would advance to the point where they could return to the playoffs. And they have plenty of reason to be optimistic about the state of the one-off franchise: Guys like Tage Thompson were a revelation last year and earned a… moneyAlex Tuch has found new life in blue and gold, Owen Power will be a full-time saber, and as much as Rasmus Dahlin has had his awkward moments, he’s starting to mature into a decent player. The second half of ’21-22′ also saw some big improvement here and there in the team’s gameplay largely thanks to their young stars, so this seems to be a huge opportunity for many of these players to find their truth. presented this year.
The big The problem they have, and actually still have, is that goalkeepers are still a far cry from the days of Ryan Miller. The current tandem as it stands now appears to be Craig Anderson and Eric Comrie. no bad By any means but… he could be a lot better, and Atlantic prides itself on being a solid goal-shooter in the top half of the class.
On top of that, a team at the bottom eighth of the xGF% last year are hoping they won’t go through a slump, or get their goose over cooked.
Having said that, I think Swords will test B in a way they haven’t seen in a while. They seem to be the perfect yardstick for the list of the least healthy opening months, and they’ll be as close to contention as ever…but a lotAnd the And I mean a lot…needs to break their way in order to actually make it happen; The defense has to fall back, the attack has to keep up with itself since last year, and the goalkeeper must definitely be excellent. And they have to do it for at least 50 games.
Really, the best case scenario for them is to let the cooler heads reign in Buffalo and reward the team if they can achieve what they think they are capable of. It won’t affect the Bruins too much.
Next year may be a different story.
Detroit Red Wings
Key signings: Andrew Cobb, Phil Hoso, Ben Shearoot, David Peron, Dominic Kopalek, Oli Mata
Key strengths: high-end young talents meeting cutting-edge talent entering their heyday,
Key weaknesses: The new look of the left side of the defense is weaaaaaaaak out maybe Edvinsson, and even then he’s a novice.
I think we can say that the red wings have finally reached the part of rebuilding as they are no longer actively rebuilding and are starting to compete. After tough years of playing against them but not being hard to beat, they are finally on the verge of becoming a good team, if they don’t actively make the move this year. I’m sure the NHL bean counters are excited about this news.
why not? They repaired a file ton In the off-season: their second streak is almost completely different, Philip Zadina hired fellow countryman Dominic Kopalek to play, and their defense was almost completely overhauled; Combine that with the addition of a very good goalkeeper in Ville Husso, they seem as ready as any team in the NHL to return to the playoffs.
you know. If everything breaks properly. Specifically, this is the left side of their defense.
They certainly fixed it, but I can’t in good conscience say they’ve improved it: any list that begins with Ben “the first round is worth choosing according to the Panthers” Chiarot and raises more and more anxiety as time goes on. Ole Mata has been a master at defending the depths for many years and I think he is almost exclusively there to ensure a top four body in case Simon Edvinsson can’t handle it. Simon Edvinson is very good, I hear! He would need to be so in order for their aspirations to come true or else it would be Many To put in a recent Calder Prize winner and rookie Moritz Ceder, who was previously the highlight of this particular squad.
They still had a lot of pain in the butt to play. I’m not looking forward to watching them transition against Boston at all.
Finally, we complain about which teams were good and why it wasn’t fair.