5 mai 2021
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>User123409871234</b></div><div>Yeah - I don't think his 5.4% shooting percentage is necessarily going to continue, but I agree, let him get his feet wet in Iowa and see if he can get 10-12% down there and then bring him up where it would presumably drop, but at volume, it works.</div></div>
Agreed, I do think his Shooting% will boost a bit, but that's also part of the issue right - shooting just to shoot, especially from low danger areas, doesn't prove to be all that effective. Part of Army's message to him going into the offseason was to think about being a more intentional and purposeful shooter.
Which I think he can dial in pretty quickly in Iowa. Give him 25-30 games right off the hop in Iowa, rack up 10-12 goals, then start giving him games as injuries arise with the big club.
I think that's pretty close, if not dead on, to what we'll see opening night.
For me personally, if the slate truly were to reset every year (i.e. everybody has to earn it), then I haven't seen enough from Gaudreau to default him into the top 9. He's Dean's favorite son, so I know he'll start there, but I've honestly seen more impact from Petan than Freddy. Might be a hot take, but that's just my eye test.
Overall though, I'm just hoping they're willing to mix it up. I don't really care if they have combos they like, as long as they're willing to make changes when things get stale. IMO, Dean was stubborn to a fault with lineup adjustments last year.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>SimonSelaars3</b></div><div>I wouldn’t be against it but I think there will be better options than Eichel at that point. Matthews might walk from Toronto, Pasta might walk from Boston, Aho might walk from Carolina, Draisaitl might walk from Edmonton. I think the 24-25 season or 25-26 season is the time for Guerin to go big in free agency or the trade market to acquire an elite 1C or elite right handed winger. I actually think the 2025-2026 season will be the start of our cup window rather than a cup or bust year with guys like Wallstedt, Rossi, Boldy, Yurov, Faber, Lambos, Ohgren, Khusnutdinov, and others fully establishing themselves into the NHL. If you can add a player like Matthews, Aho, or Draisaitl to that core, they legitimately could be a wagon. And that’s not even mentioning the vets that will likely still be on the team like Brodin, EK, Spurgeon, and Hartman. If that isn’t enough to convince Kaprizov to re-sign, I don’t know what is.
Also, whoever our 2023 1st round draft pick is will hopefully be on the team by that time, which could be huge given how deep this upcoming draft is.</div></div>
Oh yeah, there's a million and one possibilities that may or may not be better. It's 4 years away, so it's complete and reckless speculation. The whole point of the Eichel theory is that there'd be layers of interesting little connections and nuggets that resurface years later and sorta come full circle. I mean, shortly after he moved to Vegas, he went on camera and stated, "for awhile I thought it might be Minnesota...". Little tie-ins like that.
Certainly would rather have Matthews or Drai, but that's more of a no-brainer and doesn't really have that same poetic nature to it.
It's just a fun little fan theory I have, not an actual suggestion on what the team should plan for.