Re: Offers in excess of 1st, 2nd & 3rd round picks for Kessel.
posted at 9/12/2009 7:01 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Offers in excess of 1st, 2nd & 3rd round picks for Kessel.
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Offers in excess of 1st, 2nd & 3rd round picks for Kessel. : LMFAO you have got to be kidding me? This team under achieves last year in the playoffs, on the verge of losing thier top goal scorer for a few hit or miss draft pics that could be a few years away from having a chance at making this roster. You do realize that usually just the first 1-5 picks in the FIRST round usually make the NHL right away right? This isn't the NFL. So trading Kessel away for picks and the Bruins are on the verge of a DYNASTY???????? Put your pom poms down and step away from the computer
Posted by PatsSoxCeltsNo1[/QUOTE]
Predictions in sports are always a chancy thing; I wouldn't say with certainty that any NHL team will become a dynasty, but you are very much undervaluing and underestmating this team and organization.
First of all, you can be fairly certain that if Kessel does go, it won't be for "a few hit or miss draft picks." It appears a bidding war is building for Kessel, and I'd guess the Bruins will, if they choose to do so, get a pretty good return for him.
Secondly, "Underachieving in the playoffs" is pretty harsh for a team that, at the beginning of the season, was expected (hoped) to win at least one playoff series (win one series, and we'll give you respect! - that's what I heard all last fall). Expecting a team full of youngsters who had next-to-no playoff experience to sail to a Stanley Cup is a pretty tall order. Most teams (see the Penguins) who win Cups take at least a couple of years of playoff experience to work their way to a Cup.
And that doesn't even take into account the injuries: Kessel's shoulder, Krejci's hip, Savard's knee, Recchi's kidney, Hunwick's spleen, Sturm's knee, Kobasew's ribs, Lucic's foot, Ference's groin, Bitz's ribs, Chara's shoulder/groin/knee. Sure, every team has injuries, but even the most virulent Bruins hater has to admit they were next to crippled. If Pavel Datsyuk's foot injury can be blamed (in THN) for the Red Wings losing the Cup, certainly the Bruins' injuries can be deemed at least a factor in their loss?
Thirdly, the Bruins have half a dozen 20-goal scorers on their squad, even without Kessel. They have the reigning Norris, Vezina and Adams award winners. They have one of the best goalie prospects in the world, who's all of 21 years old, and a budding superstar in David Krejci. Not to mention other VERY young, strong guys like Lucic, Wheeler and Hunwick. They have several kids in Providence who are going to be knocking on Boston's door this year, and more in the pipeline in Juniors and college (saw Joe Colbourne at rookie camp this year and he looked great, and Ryan Button is, IMHO, the real thing).
There are certainly "ifs." They need a few more defensive prospects. Patrice Bergeron geting back to his pre-injury state would be HUGE (remember, he's still only 24). Good health of course is critical. But to simply, laughably dismiss the notion that this could be a dynastic team is misguided.