Welp, I was totally wrong about the goaltending. Other than Petterson, I'd say goaltending was the best surprise development of the season
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Markstrom was by far the biggest surprise this year (in a good way). Blob called it a couple of years ago, and I had my doubts, but the big Swede really turned it around this year. All in all, it was a good year, with lots of growth and flashes of potential. More improvement coming from within for next year, and hopefully an impactful UFA signing (right, Skyo? )Cornuck wrote: ↑Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:54 pmAs far as predicting anything for this season goes, I'm trying not to let an lacklustre pre-season affect my thoughts too much.
This team really could go either way. If they pull together and start being a "hard team to play against"™, we could be pleasantly surprised. The other side of the coin is a complete meltdown by the 20 game mark. I'm expecting the former.
There is some talent up front, which should make for some exciting moments. The D and G do not inspire much confidence, but if the D stays healthy and the Swedes in net find their game, it won't be a complete mess in our end.
At this point, my biggest concern is in net, and if we continue with the "first shot, first goal" play of Markstrom, this team will look bad trying to play catch-up all year.
I'll still go with my earlier prediction, that if we stay healthy and the kids score like we know they can - we'll be close to .500 hockey.
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