You are not connected. Please login or register

Hockey News prediction

Go to page : 1, 2  Next

Go down  Message [Page 1 of 2]

1 Hockey News prediction on Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:32 pm

Cap'n Clutch

avatar
Co-Founder
Co-Founder
What are your thoughts on this guys?  I personally feel he's pretty bang on.  I went to a few Flames games last year and if not for the terrible injury bug they would have made some noise last season.  I'm pretty happy with the changes they made outside of having to lose Dougie Hamilton to make some of the moves happen.

MISSED PLAYOFFS IN 2017-18, COULD MAKE IN 2018-19

1. Calgary Flames (My projection: second in Pacific Division, fourth in West)

An aggressive prediction, yes. Even if the Flames had kept their exact roster from this past season, I would’ve been bullish on their chances at a rebound in 2018-19. They endured horrible injury luck this past season. Mike Smith was probably the team’s MVP before he got hurt, 23-16-6, with a .921 save percentage, and was terrible upon returning, going 2-6-0 with an .880 SP. T.J. Brodie and Matthew Tkachuk sustained concussions. Sean Monahan needed four surgeries this off-season to repair his battered body. Better health alone would thus make me optimistic about the Flames getting back to the playoffs. With Monahan, Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau, Mikael Backlund and Mark Giordano leading the way, the Flames don’t hurt for talent when they’re healthy.

And now they’ve significantly increased the overall talent on their roster – yes, even though they surrendered the best player in the Dougie Hamilton trade. Noah Hanifin isn’t as good as Hamilton right now, but Hanifin is still only 21 and has plenty of time to grow into a top-pair blueliner. Elias Lindholm, also coming over in the blockbuster deal with Carolina, has a much higher ceiling than the departed Micheal Ferland. James Neal, signed as a UFA, brings 25 goals or more to the fray. The Flames now have their best options ever to play with Gaudreau and Monahan, whether Neal, Lindholm or even Tkachuk gets tabbed for the job. To top it off, the Flames signed underrated two-way pivot Derek Ryan to center their third line – and they have a new coach in Bill Peters.

No team has improved itself more this off-season in my opinion. I don’t merely like the Flames to get back in the playoffs – I like them to compete for the Pacific Division crown.

- Matt Larken

https://thehockeynews.com/news/article/three-playoff-teams-who-could-miss-in-2018-19-and-three-non-playoff-teams-who-could-get-in



Last edited by Cap'n Clutch on Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:21 pm; edited 1 time in total


_________________
"A child with Autism is not ignoring you, they are waiting for you to enter their world."

- Unknown Author

2 Re: Hockey News prediction on Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:13 pm

Lagoon

avatar
Sophomore
Sophomore
I echo all that pretty much. I’ve got Smith, Gaudreau, Backlund and Giordano on one of my 24 man fantasy rosters.

3 Re: Hockey News prediction on Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:20 pm

Cap'n Clutch

avatar
Co-Founder
Co-Founder
It should be noted that this was written in July so the statement "No team has improved itself more this off-season in my opinion." was made before some major moves.


_________________
"A child with Autism is not ignoring you, they are waiting for you to enter their world."

- Unknown Author

4 Re: Hockey News prediction on Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:32 am

Cap'n Clutch

avatar
Co-Founder
Co-Founder
The biggest issue I see with the Flames is in goal. Everything rests on Smith. He gets injured again or has struggles they're doomed. They didn't address the backup situation adequately IMO. I have zero confidence in their options as backup especially if Smith is injured.


_________________
"A child with Autism is not ignoring you, they are waiting for you to enter their world."

- Unknown Author

5 Re: Hockey News prediction on Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:39 am

wprager

avatar
Administrator
Administrator
Four off season surgeries? That's not good. Giordano and Gaudreau are undersized and not immune from injuries. How will Tkachuk do after a concussion? Plus the other teams in the West haven't exactly been standing pat.


_________________
Hey, I don't have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I've failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.
- Dicky Fox

6 Re: Hockey News prediction on Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:22 pm

PTFlea

avatar
Co-Founder
Co-Founder
Yeah, they'll be fighting for 8th and be lucky to get in.

7 Re: Hockey News prediction on Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:06 pm

Cap'n Clutch

avatar
Co-Founder
Co-Founder
Health will play a big part for sure.


_________________
"A child with Autism is not ignoring you, they are waiting for you to enter their world."

- Unknown Author

8 Re: Hockey News prediction on Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:12 am

PTFlea

avatar
Co-Founder
Co-Founder
Meh. Healthy, not healthy, they're in tough.

9 Re: Hockey News prediction on Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:47 am

Cap'n Clutch

avatar
Co-Founder
Co-Founder
Looks like Vegas had to shake off some Stanley Cup Finals hangover because they did not look good those first few games. San Jose needs to be a lot better but, I see them being fine.

As for the Flames. They're getting solid backup goaltending. Smith needs to improve though and what the hell is that coach thinking putting Neal on the 3rd line to start the season and leaving him there to languish? They brought him in for scoring not to be a 3rd line grinder. Sure Lindholm has looked great on the top line but, what a waste of Neal. Yes James needs to be better but, FFS give him the ice time and put him where he can succeed. That IS why they brought him there.


_________________
"A child with Autism is not ignoring you, they are waiting for you to enter their world."

- Unknown Author

10 Re: Hockey News prediction on Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:25 am

wprager

avatar
Administrator
Administrator
Clutch you sure are beginning to sound like a huge Flames fan. Can you even say all the Sens jersey numbers? Quick, what number is Tierney?


_________________
Hey, I don't have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I've failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.
- Dicky Fox

11 Re: Hockey News prediction on Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:28 am

tim1_2

avatar
Franchise Player
Franchise Player
wprager wrote:Clutch you sure are beginning to sound like a huge Flames fan. Can you even say all the Sens jersey numbers? Quick, what number is Tierney?

Ha. I couldn't tell you what # Tierney is either....

12 Re: Hockey News prediction on Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:10 pm

wprager

avatar
Administrator
Administrator
Come on, #71. Didn't even have to look it up. DeMelo is #2. Formenton is #57. Is Boedker #89? He took McCormick's old number.
So what's McCormick wearing?


_________________
Hey, I don't have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I've failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.
- Dicky Fox

13 Re: Hockey News prediction on Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:20 pm

Flo The Action

avatar
All-Star
All-Star
wprager wrote:Clutch you sure are beginning to sound like a huge Flames fan. Can you even say all the Sens jersey numbers? Quick, what number is Tierney?

Would you blame him? With the Dung show this organization is?

14 Re: Hockey News prediction on Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:57 pm

Cap'n Clutch

avatar
Co-Founder
Co-Founder
Flo The Action wrote:
wprager wrote:Clutch you sure are beginning to sound like a huge Flames fan. Can you even say all the Sens jersey numbers? Quick, what number is Tierney?

Would you blame him? With the Dung show this organization is?
haha. Calgary is a bit of a tire fire right now too. No I don't have Jersey numbers memorized but, I do follow the Sens closely enough to know Chabot was the points leader heading into this game and Tierney and Lajoi have been a great surprise at least offensively.


_________________
"A child with Autism is not ignoring you, they are waiting for you to enter their world."

- Unknown Author

15 Re: Hockey News prediction on Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:08 pm

Cap'n Clutch

avatar
Co-Founder
Co-Founder
I was a flames fan in the 80s and felt the pain of 86 and the joy of 89. My loyalties moved to Pittsburgh during the Lemieux hay day and then Sens as I lived in Ottawa . Now that I'm in Calgary I'm back to my original team while still supporting the Sens. Mario Lemieux still remains my fav player all time though


_________________
"A child with Autism is not ignoring you, they are waiting for you to enter their world."

- Unknown Author

Sponsored content


Back to top  Message [Page 1 of 2]

Go to page : 1, 2  Next

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum