Since there’s still no hockey, no hockey news, and nothing exciting to talk about, let’s go to the world of make pretend.
What if everyone wearing the Orange and Black had a career season. To keep things from getting too ridiculous, let’s just say they all match their best ever statistical season.
Those kind of numbers would put as at the top of the list in goals scored in the league. A handful of these are reasonable, but there are a few that need a bit of tinkering. Anyone think Jagr will come close to those numbers? Schenn is going to be one hell of a bust if he can only play a handful of games and contribute nothing. Briere probably won’t get more than 80 points, although he can do a bit better than 32 goals now with his expanded role on the team. Giroux of course is expected to contribute a whole lot more as well.
You never know what you’re getting with our defense. Aside from Meszaros and Carle, I don’t see anybody matching their career high in goals. Assists and points is a distinct possibility. The other thing to consider is all of the factors that helped these players get these totals. Namely, how well their teams were playing, what their roles were during those seasons, and of course their linemates. Age of course is something that has slowed some of the vets down. On one hand, the team got stronger defensively. But Laviolette doesn’t exactly coach a laid back, defensive system. He’s more about pressuring the puck and making play go the other way.
So will we get these kind of totals? Probably not. But given the offensive capability many of these guys have shown, maybe this team won’t have as much trouble scoring goals as we (or maybe just I) thought.
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