TDA Rum wrote: rats19 wrote:
While everyone thinks we will continue with the suckage... I believe will have a decent shot at playoffs next year so we better pick and trade smart.
We won't be in the top 5 picks again for years to come shy of trading for it...
I agree Rats, i think there will be some more changes before training camp, i think the team will will surprise a few people next year, there will be a few teams that will drop off next year while the Canucks will move up....
Our Division and our Conference are not easy.
In the Division, I don't see Calgary or Edmonton dropping off. Neither SHS or Anaheim are in a big decline. I expect LA to be better next year with a healthy Quick. Doesn't leave us much wiggle room to improve and move up.
As for the Wild Card next year, again, a lot of teams to best out.
For us to make enough improvement to be within striking distance of the playoffs we have to:
1) improve PK. Get back to top ten
2) improve PP. get back to top ten
3) increase goal scoring by 25%-30%. This is the killer. Do we have enough to score 40-60 goals more?
We improved our F/O % this year so that was a significant turn around. We need to be able to maintain and build on that. Our goaltending was great but inconsistent at times. We have to maintain and build on that. We improved in OT and SO. Being able to squeeze out those extra points was a good sign.
I'd love to predict a playoff finish next year but I have to wait until camp and preseason is done to really see what we have. Starting in China will be interesting. Maybe we should sign a couple of Chinese to 10 game PTO contracts. Get a couple billion people cheering for us. Those four points are important