Re: Bruins talent is subpar this season
posted at 11/4/2013 2:30 PM EST
The talent is there, and I think that management assembled a great team. Everyone was raving about the offseason acquisitions and how Iginla would be an equal or better fit than Horton, and how Eriksson would be a better fit than Seguin.
Reilly Smith is 22 years old, and has shown some pretty solid skill, in my eyes. When the team is healthy and perhaps Marchand gets going, a 3rd line of Kelly centering Smith and Soderberg is nothing to scoff at. Perhaps they even trade Caron (he's a lost cause...he likely won't pan out), and bring up Spooner and have these lines:
Marchand - Bergeron - Eriksson
Smith - Spooner - Kelly
Paille - Campbell - Soderberg
They made the cup with lesser talent (in my opinion) last year. They didn't peak during the regular season a year ago, and in 2011-2012, they were dreadful in the first 10 games (3-7-0).
No need to hit the panic button what so ever. This team has plenty of ability to make another deep playoff run. I like the talent, potential, and DEPTH that this team has over last year, beyond a shadow of doubt. Does nobody recall how terrible the 3rd line was a year ago? How mediocre (being generous) Seguin was? How horrible Lucic was? Kelly, Peverley? The only forwards who produced even remotely consistently were Krejci, Bergeron, Marchand and Paille last year, and they were a screen shot (Seabrook) a skate (Oduya off Ference) and a minute (game 6) away from winning the Cup last year.
Got about 70 games to go. Relax.