1. They've had young talent forever and have done nothing with it. 2. They don't have a bunch of fans. 3. They are moving into a horrible hockey venue far from the few fans they do have. Perfect storm my ass. Guarantee you if they didn't make playoffs last year no one would be saying anything close to this. (Not taking a shot at you Mouse, just more on the topic)
Made the playoffs with one of the worst goalies in hockey last year. If they add a replacement level goalie, I see them in the top 4 in the east (know that's meaningless with new divisions, but for comparison's sake). IMHO last year wasn't a fluke (like Toronto, and maybe even Ottawa, though Karlsen's a beast, and if he's healthy, that team is much more dangerous), but the beginning of a run.
Barclays may not be designed for hockey, but it's a very solid venue. While it's not in central LI, it's off LIRR and near bars. That's a big advantage. Also, much as the mausoleum was centrally located, the roads blew, and there was always traffic. IMO moving to Brooklyn makes them convenient for new fans/fans who live in the city (and in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, there are some) without making them noticeably less convenient for the old fans.
Edited by mouse, 18 August 2013 - 04:54 PM.