Posted - 09/30/2007 : 08:56:01 I have a suspicion that Washington is going to surprise quite a few people this year. With the changes they made in the off season I have a feeling they are going to do quite well. I like their chances. If Kolzig plays well it should be very interesting to see what they can do. Now that they've got a playmaker in Nylander you might see two 50 goal players on that team. I was looking at their stats from last year and noticed that their top three scorers all had more goals than assists. I thought that was a little bizarre. Ovechkin and Semin are going to explode this year with a guy like Nylander. I think Poti is going to have a career year. In the next few years I wouldn't be surprised to see him get Norris consideration. Thoughts?
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Posted - 09/30/2007 : 13:33:14 If Ovechkin can score almost 50 goals on his own, he should be able to top the 50 goal mark fairly easily with Nylander. Poti for the Norris?? I doubt it. I watch him for years in Edmonton and he makes some pretty questionable defensive plays.
Although, I do agree that Washington will be a team to watch this year. If nothing else, exciting. And with their draft picks coming of age, they could easliy be a Pittsburgh by next year.
I can see Washington making a huge turn around from last year and being in the 7th or 8th spot in the playoffs. Ahead of both TO and Montreal!! (I had to throw that it there)
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Posted - 09/30/2007 : 10:24:49 I think Norris trophy is a stretch but I agree that the team will do very well and Ovechkin, Semin, Nylander and Backstrom will all have 70+ point seasons and Ovechkin and Semin will have 40+ goal seasons possibly even 50+ and Nylander and Backstrom will rack u alot of assists.