Calgary was going to be one of the worst teams in the NHL last year until they weren't. We added Palmieri, have another year of growth with Severson and Larsson, don't have Deboer or the three headed coaching staff. I don't think we'll make the playoffs, no, but I wouldn't be flabbergasted if we did. You point out only the negatives, that's a sh!tty way to live.
I get where you're coming from, but there's not a lot of reason to believe that we take a big step forward from last season. Its hardly being a negative nancy and more looking at things realistically. A year of growth with Severson/Larsson IMO is not a bright spot in terms of where we end up at the end of the season. Yes, they should get better, but expecting two young defensemen to be major catalysts in some sort of turnaround is a gigantic ask. The biggest bright spot is Schneider. The biggest hope IMO is that its not a complete loss of a season and that we do see some tangible growth to be positive about going forward, but to expect that to be reflected in the standings is overly wishful thinking. I think at the end of the day we're a team that tries hard that will have stretches of strong play, but ultimately we'll be passed by better teams. Calgary was in a much better position than us with young forwards that took great strides. Monahan and Gaudreau were outstanding. Who is our Monahan and Gaudreau? IMO unless Zacha is on the roster and plays out of his mind, we won't have a guy like them. They also had guys like Lance Bouma come up big and 4 defensemen with 30+ points.
Conversely, Cammalleri is a year older and will not play the entire season. We have barely any depth in respect to forwards and are counting on career 3rd liners (Stempniak/Tlusty) while great acquisitions in terms of their value should not be expected to score a lot of goals. Elias is all but done. There is just not a lot of talent in front of the blueline. Palmieri is another good pickup, but what are you expecting from a career high of 30 points on better teams? He was also a minus player on a WC Finalist last year.
This team should have low expectations, any performance above will be applauded, but they also shouldnt be crucified if they play to their paper value. My biggest hope is to see the further development of Larsson/Severson/Merrill/Gelinas, and to see someone like Josefson emerge. It will take a lot for this team to be above water come the end of the season.