Any other random predictions?
* Derek Roy proves to be a solid acquisition but not the Elite we're looking for.
* Pietrangelo doesn't live up to the hype and is traded for firepower at the deadline.
* Jaroslav Halak storms back to form, Brian Elliott runs tandem with him and the 1-2 Punch returns, with Jake Allen acting as relief netminder. Netminding isn't a concern til the end of this coming year when Jake Allen WILL be in a Bluenote permanently.
*TJ Oshie is our Comeback Player Of The Year.
*Tarasenko and Jas turn out to be serviceable, productive players but not the powder kegs we were hoping for.
*Jaden Schwartz will turn the corner and catch fire due to nothing else than his hard work and heart. He's the one to watch.
REALLY agree with your Schwartz and Derek Roy comments. I don't really get the Roy hype that I've read on websites/magazines/media in general. The guy hasn't done crap for a while now. Granted, surrounding someone with the right players can help but it's not like he's going to suddenly turn into Patrick Sharp or something... I don't know. Hope I'm wrong.
I think Allen gets a permanent roster spot by years end. He impressed the hell out of me when I watched him last year (keeping in mind he was a rookie) and he's going to keep going this year and shove out either Halak or Elliot. No question in my mind.
No way we're trading Pietrangelo.
Tarasenko and Jaskin: Well we have next to nothing to really go off of in regards to either of these guys. Time will tell, as it ultimately does, but I'm crossing my fingers. We're overdue as a franchise for a late first/second rounder who actually blossoms into a hell of an NHL player.