Re: Devils look horrible, Pittsburg dropping down a notch or two, Buffalo in trouble....Bruins at least 2nd best in the East
posted at 10/18/2010 1:28 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Devils look horrible, Pittsburg dropping down a notch or two, Buffalo in trouble....Bruins at least 2nd best in the East
[QUOTE]LRH is sounding less and less like a 4-0 Leafs fan, and more like a Bruins fan to me... Judging a team after three games... TFF !
Posted by RMiller87[/QUOTE]
I'm a fan of good hockey, first and foremost, but I do have some favorites.
First and foremost it's the Leafs for me. I was raised on watching them and for better or worse that's where my allegiance remains. I like watching Boston (mostly nostalgic from the Orr/Espo days), I hate the Habs, Sens and Flyers. And, I really, really, really hate Avery.........
I've watched every Leaf game so far and I like what I see with the Leafs, but I also recognize that they have some glaring weaknesses. Their top players have to remain healthy for them to have a chance at the playoffs.
As it is right now, they have a lot of team speed which can be forgiving, especially when you cough up the puck. They should be able to skate with just about anyone in the league. Goaltending is much better but not elite. Defence is very good overall and contribute fairly well in transition, but they still cough up the puck a bit too much. Offence looks good early but I think it will slow down except for the Bozak line. Personally I'd rather see Kulemin on the top line and Versteeg on the 2nd line. Not sure I've seen too many lines where every forward shoots Right-handed.
Burke acquired some good role players and they may have a legit checking line with Armstrong, Brent and Sjoberg. PK is so much better because of the speed of the forwards and the PP is improving, especially when Phaneuf goes to the front of the net. Kaberla is a wild card because he's on a contract year and playing with a lot more intensity then I've seen in recent memory. He is still one of the best offensive playmakers from the back end. Schenn is looking more like the player they drafted.
Having said that, they will eventually settle into the team that they are and can finish anywhere between 7th and 10th in the conference.
Other wildcard is the $4 million in cap space that could turn into a valuable acquisition later in the year from teams that are in cap trouble e.g. NJ.
I'm too old to jump on bandwagons and it's only 4 games so far. You'll know where teams stand better after about 20 games into the season.