Re: 5 Impact players in the East.
posted at 7/25/2012 11:29 AM EDT
In Response to 5 Impact players in the East.
[QUOTE]One educated and extremely handsome mans look at 5 very important players in the East. 1. Sydney Crosby: A healthy full year of Crosby changes the whole landscape of the East. Simply the best player in the game by far, hopefully he's healthy for a full year. Would love to see what kind of numbers he puts up. 2. Anders Lindback: If he gives the Lightning stability in net, something they sorely lacked last year he could be a difference maker. This is a good team that struggled in net last year and it cost them a playoff spot. 3. Andrei Markov : Another player who if can stay healthy makes could be the difference between a playoff team and a non-playoff team. Other than Price, he is simply the most important player on that team. Big question mark as to wehter he can stay healthy. 4. Jordan Staal: Can he be the 1st line center the Canes need? With big brother Eric moving over to wing will we finally see the kind of player Eric can be? Maybe J. Staal can deliver the goods or perhaps he was better off in the role he served in Pittsburgh. The Canes gave up alot to get him. 5. Tuuka Rask: Heres his chance. Great oppurtunity for him, and you couldnt as for a better situation for a young goalie who is looking to solidify himself as a number 1. I say he rises to the occasion.
Posted by kelvana33[/QUOTE]
I personally think Crosby is going to be just fine having taken the patrice Bergeron-ultra cautious approach last season. Jordan Staal should be a good one to watch as he'll be taking a more offensive role on the Canes (and helping out their pourous defense). Lindback is also going to be a great player to watch this season. I'm going to add a few players to watch that I feel could impact the Eastern Conference race this season
1) Mike Green - Washington Capitals - If the Caps are going to return to their high-octane ways, they are going to need to put up points from the back-end again. Mike Green simply must step up if they are going to be a contender.
2) Tyler Myers - Buffalo Sabres - This team was a huge dissapointment last season, and Myers certainly deserves some of the blame. With the investment they made in him (7 years 38.5 million), and his natural talent, he must be better.
3) Ilya Bryzgalov - Philadephia Flyers - Huge season for him. Huge season for philly. Although his numbers weren't totally horrible, they are paying him too much money to be average. This team is loaded offensively and could go deep with some stability in net (sound familiar Philly fans?)
4) Nathan Horton - Boston B's kid- The Bruins don't look like they're going to add a wing this off-season, and that puts a significant burden on Nathan Horton's ability to stay healthy. Last season, David Krejci went to pieces when he wasn't flanked by Horton and Lucic, so the stakes are higher than just losing a top-line winger. Without Horton, the entire 1st line looks mediocre, and there aren't NHL ready wings waiting in providence. Worst part is, if Nathan horton goes down, and a "glaring hole" is created (Cam Neely recently said he could address any "glaring holes" during the season) The bruins are going to look desperate in the trade market, and could be vulnerable to a bad deal.
5) Roberto Luongo - Divers- Yes, he's currently pumping tires out west, but he's going to be traded, probably to someone in the East (Maybe Toronto, or Florida). Either way, he's going to make one of these teams a lot better. If he goes to Florida, he would be a considerable upgrade over their current starter Jose Theodore.