Originally Posted by Reds/Flyers Fan
They have some serious talent on that team - young, highly drafted talent. MacKinnon, Duchene, O'reilly, Johnson, Landeskog, Varlomov. And some key vets too, like Parenteau, Downie, Bordeleau, McGinn and Stastny (who I think will be traded mid-season for D help). And the return of Alex Tanguay is much welcome. Not only can he help the young kids but it's fun to see the old Stanley Cup guys come back and finish their careers in Denver (Forsberg, Foote).
I think they'll pleasantly surprise this year. But next year and the years beyond, look out!
Question for them is how fast will Elliot and Barrie improve to take control of the D core? Last season it was an absolute mess and made it real hard for the forwards to get consistent puck possession. The forwards have a lot of talent and are already competing at a high level in the NHL. But time has proven EJ isn't the guy to steer the ship (probably more of a second pair guy at this point), and the rest are just roster filler. They will begin competing when the calvary arrive on the back end. Same issue Edmonton has had trouble solving.
Until then, will be fun hockey with lots of goals on both ends.