Another thread got me thinking about this. What do we expect this team to realistically look like during October. Eichel seems ready to go. Okposo is getting back up to speed and looks good in Da Beauty League. We added Scandella, Antipin, and Baloo to the defense while really only subtracting Franson. Gone is the Bylsma and his system of risk aversion and in his Housley and his system of ?????.
That is a lot of turnover and changes for one offseason. Realistically I think we have 2 options. First option is the more likely. We start a little slow. It takes the month of October for the new coach and teammates to even begin to gel. We run about 6-5-1 in October. Right around 500 but not where we want to be. I think most of those wins come nearer the end of the month with us being a bad road team in October. We lose to the Sharks, Kings, Ducks, Columbus all on the road. However going into November you really see the team coming together and things clicking. November looks way better.
Options #2 and the less likely option. We come out on fire. The preseason is a mess but once it matters everyone just falls into place. Jack Eichel proves he is top 5 nhl talent. Reinhart takes that next step to prove he was worth his draft place. The defenders we got flourish in Housley's system. A couple bumps here and there but this team just gels and is on a mission to prove themselves.
Well what do you realistically expect for October?