MarioLives wrote:Great58 wrote:MarioLives wrote:Face it folks, we over estimate this team, year in, year out. They are a solid team, but not a cup team.
I agree we are not currently a Cup contending team, although we can be.
We have an unfilled hole in the top 6, either on Malkin's LW or Crosby's RW, and more questions than answers to go with Sutter on the third line.
We have Bennett, who we'd all love to see develop into a legitimate top 6 winger, but not yet to truely do it beyond glimpses and glimmers.
We have Jussi as a utility piece who hasn't really found a home.
We have Kobesew/Gibbons/Megna/player du jour who haven't been in the line up long enough or consistently enough to fit create an idenity.
We have a solid defensive corps, and Fleury is playing well. And a 4th line/PKers who are serviceable.
In my opinion, the next twenty games should be used to see if Bennett can make it as a top 6 winger and what kind of identity line 3 will have. Remaining holes at that point would warrant serious trade considerations.
Too many holes, not enough cap space. Bennett is not top 6 yet, IMO. The 3rd line is weak, 4th is ok. This works in the regular season but not in the post season.
Sorry but why the doom and gloom? We have 2 top end talents recently coming back from serious injuries. This team is no where near where they need to be come playoffs but it's freakin' November. I'd much rather see them struggle now and then ramp up to playing well come March and address any needs at the deadline. And not really at you, but holy crap have people really turned on Bennett this fast? I love how when players are in WB playing well everyone is demanding they get time and how the org. is ruining their development. But if said player comes up and does not score at a video game pace and maintain it forever, all the sudden we're not so sure about them. I mean to each their own of course, but as a fan I would lose my mind if I always focused on what's wrong.