Dude, you cannot neglect the fact of having a dynamite goaltender and blue line makes it much easier to build an offense. Not saying all those guys pan out, but if most of them do, an average offense with that lineup makes us a contender every year.
Plus, the defense all have offensive games. Takes a ton of pressure off. Defense wins championships
not disagreeing with that at all, in fact i do agree it changes us from a border team to contender, and I will take that every year. All we need is a chance and we can take it (see 2012).
I would just feel a bit more comfortable with a stronger forward presence.
seeing our D prospects work out make me happy, and i am hoping we lock up Schneider long term. Then we can patch the forwards and go from there.
Even if this season doesn't work out, i am looking forward to our future.