Right now we have 6 rookies on the roster, and 3 more guys 25yo or under. We have a new coach who really cdnt even think of this as "his team" under recently (when Mario retired--God love Mario, but it was always his team, except MAYBE when Badger Bob was the coach (and even then only for the last half of the season)).
So it seems to me that the question might be--do we see improvement, not whether they are "good" as compared to Ottawa, NYR etc.
Throw out Vandenbussche, Roy, Odelein, and Thibault (bcz we surely will as soon as we can) and maybe throw out Recchi, LeClair and Jackman (regardless of whether you think we shd or will), let's not even talk about Gonchar for awile. Of what's left of current team (and others maybe down at WB that you think are notable), let's take a look at whether the rest of the team (the long term core of it) have improved over the course of the year.
I've provided the roster for cut-and-paste purposes, with the above-mentioned deleted, and invite your assessmnts. I will answer my own post in a minute so this one is easy to cut the roster from.
Thank you for your responses...