I would call them the eastern conference version of the San Jose Sharks, but the Sharks at least could make it out of the first round every now and then.
And I suppose this year, they won’t have even made it as far as the first round.
Agreed, but in fairness both teams are young enough to change the narrative quickly. And just wait till their first line is lafreniere-matthews-nylander.I wouldn't. the Sharks have been a much better franchise. We're a lot closer to being Edmonton east than San Jose.
It's not like you even said they *are* overrated underachievers. Just that they are approaching said territory. Pretty measured, given the repeated failures of this group.
Well, look around the league, look how long it took for Washington.
The main group is young and that is the main point....you don't give up on kids for chrissakes.
I'm curious, do you think Tampa is done now?
Again, if they play like that every game this series it's going to be 50-50. Odds are in most games matthews scores on either his crossbar shot that korpisalo straight up missed (a shot that likely didn't register highly on xgf but a matthews open shot from anywhere should) or his chance in the slot. On some nights he'd score both. Plus the robertson tap in attempt was a better chance than columbus got all game. Jackets had the advantage in expected goals but the leafs dont need to win that battle to take the series because:
1. Andersen should be better than korpisalo. Perhaps he isn't but he should be
2. The leafs shooting talent far exceeds the jackets
A little mini improvement and the leafs tip the scales a bit. Maybe to 55-45. Problem is they'd have to win 3 of the next 4 in games that are or are almost 50-50. Pretty big underdogs now.
Reading this it's almost like half the board has forgotten the lesson of Phil Kessel. This some players are winners, others are losers false dichotomy is media driven mouthbreather nonsense.
Tyler Bozak was 5th in forward scoring on the stanley cup champion last year, if we needed another example (tied with the "gritty" Brayden Schenn no less...)
I always love that myth that only after Yzerman became a"Two-Way" force they won cups. LOL. It has nothing to do with having easily the most talent in the NHL and Detroit having the least amount of talent when Yzerman was scoring his most in the late 80's/early 90's.The Wings also really should have traded Stevie Y in 1989.