Re: NHL 30 in 30
posted at 8/9/2013 3:57 PM EDT
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Pretty anonymous D, I'll give you that, especially if Johnson continues to develop into the next Frank Musil.
There's a lot more grit up front this year with Downie back, a full season of O'Reilly, a healthy Landeskog. I think that will help their team defense. On the back end, Hunwick and Sarich is a credible third pairing, and Ryan Wilson returning helps - he's managed to carry a positive plus minus despite the Avs' recent...putridity. Barrie and Hejda has to be one of the least impressive top pairings in the league, though, doesn't it?
And Varlamov is just ok. Playoffs? No. Not yet. Not even if Roy manages to turn them loose and they try to run and gun their way into the playoffs.
Are you not entertained?!?!
The defensive corps is really bad. The Avs actually waived Hunwick and Zanon, but as neither were picked up, they'll remain in Denver. Surprised about Hunwick -- he isn't that bad. Zanon is done. Eric Johnson had one of his worst years last season and seems to be regressing, yet he still has the tools to be good. Size, skating, decent shot, pretty good passer -- I can't understand why he isn't better.
Barrie was actually a bright spot last year and projects to be a top 4 guy this year. Hejda was really bad. I think the Avs are counting on a strong, rebound-from-injury year from Ryan Wilson along with big jumps in development from Barrie and Stefen Elliot. It's their only hope. And Varlarmov will have to be a world-beater.
I agree that the forward lines look good and having Downie back will help them in general. We're probably all tired of the "hard to play against" cliche, but the Avs are really easy to play against. Maybe Downie and McLoud can make them a little nastier while competitors like Mitchell and O'Reilly can tire people out. There should be a lot of scoring touch too. I expect a bunch of 6-5 games, which is part of the reason I'm buying a lot of tickets. Should be fun to watch...