Tag: western conference

The Wild Card Race In The Western Conference Is A Joke

I tried to make this sound as polite as possible but what a disaster this Western Conference wild card race has been. It goes to show one of the many reasons that the last three Stanley Cup winners has come from the Eastern Conference but also this could mean that maybe these teams a top the Western Conference are not that good. But back to the main point of this article.

How can a conference have a wild card race like this, a team that is basically below .500 is in the run for the wild card right now. A team that was once 16 points out of a spot is in the run for a wild card and in the last wild card spot (Blues). I am just completely blown away by the fact that at this point in the season, 52 games in 63 percent of the season played we still have no idea what is going to happen in the Western Conference wild card.

The current wild card layout is as follows: 

Minnesota Wild (26-23-5) 57 points (1st wild card spot)

St. Louis Blues (25-22-5) 55 points (2nd wild card spot)

Vancouver Canucks (24-24-7) 55 points

Colorado Avalanche (22-22-9) 53 points

Edmonton Oilers (24-25-5) 53 points

Chicago Blackhawks (22-24-9) 53 points

The fact the Edmonton Oilers are two points out of a wild card spot is embarrassing, they have won 6 of their last 15 games a record of 6-9 in the last 15 makes you a playoff team I guess now.

The Canucks who have won 4 of their last 14 games, a 4-10 record is a playoff contending team. Just looking at this race it is a complete disaster, any team can squeak in at this point so if you are a gambling man just throw money on all six teams to make the playoffs you’ll probably walk away with some money at this point. Not to mention the Ducks who have won TWO games in their last seven and a half weeks and have been outscored 31-6 are four points out of a wild card spot. Argument closed.

The reason this race for the wild card in the West irks me a little is because any of these teams that get into the first round are going to get bounced in four to five games. Which honestly just kills NHL viewership, ratings and the growth of the game in a sense. If you are not a die hard NHL fan there is not a chance in h double hockey sticks you are watching a Blues-Flames playoff matchup.

Can anyone else shed some light here? MY prediction is that the Canucks and Blues sneak into the playoffs. Or should I say those are the two teams I would like to see make it.

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NHL News; Can the Canucks, Oilers and Islanders continue their success?

Not many expected the standings to look the way they do right now. Besides the Predators, Lightning and Maple Leafs being a top the standings, the rest of the top-10 has some unexpected teams in it.

(6) Vancouver Canucks: 9-6-0; 18 points

  • What has been the Canucks reason for success? Well we know the answer is obvious they are getting supplemental scoring along with decent goaltending. The two biggest reasons the Canucks have struggled for so long is due to not enough depth scoring and inconsistent goaltending. Now, through 15 games the Canucks are ranked 9th in goals for (46) and 6th in goals against (50) but they also rank 19th in goals for per game (3.07), 16th in power play percentage (20.4) and 29th in shots on goal per game (26.9). The Canucks shoot the puck on net the least among all teams besides three, they have a decent power play percentage, rank in the middle to low end of the pack in terms of goals for per game. Along with the fact they are a team that allows a ton of goals against, essentially the only way the Canucks continue this performance is if Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson and Jake Virtanen can continue on this reign of doing all the heavy lifting for Vancouver. Along with the fact Jacob Markstrom and Andres Nilsson can continue to be a solid two-goalie tandem. Right now the Canucks are performing at an extremely unbelievable rate that is destined to fall apart soon. They have 5 players who do all the offensive work for them, with Boeser, Horvat 11 points and Pettersson’s 15 points the next guy up is Markus Granlund with 6 points. It will be tough for Vancouver to continue down this path, I personally do not see this being sustained all year.

(7) Edmonton Oilers: 8-4-1; 17 points

  • After a disappointing 2017-18 season the Oilers made it clear in the offseason they
    Edmonton Oilers 2018-19
    Ryan Nugent Hopkins able to continue his hot start? RNH has 14 points in 13 games thus far…

    were not going to let that happen again. Although they did not acquire many players to their team, they have come out the gate flying looking like a team on a mission. Of course their success comes from the one and only Connor McDavid. McDavid has 21 points in 13 games, 9 goals and 12 assists, after McDavid comes Leon Draisaitl’s 14 points in 13 games and Ryan Nugent Hopkins(RNH) 14 points in 13 games. Aside from McDavid, Draisaitl and RNH the Oilers next line of production is Tobias Rieder with 7 points(7 assists), Alex Chiasson and Oscar Klefbom who also have 6 points(6 assists) and Drake Caggiula who has 5 points(5 goals). The Oilers have very little secondary scoring after McDavid and Draisaitl which is a big concern and was a big issue for them last season. On top of that the Oilers rank 20th in goals for(40) but also 8th in goals against(34), they average just above 3 goals a game while allowing just under 3 goals against. The Oilers are like many teams seeing great production from three players right now, it is early and will these guys continue? We can all guarantee McDavid will, Draisaitl is good for 80 points, can Ryan Nugent Hopkins come out of his shell and break out? Potentially he can but it is not a guarantee obviously. Other than that Cam Talbot will need to pick up his play a tad and find a way to bring back his 2016-17 self to help the Oilers continue on this trend. Personally I see this as a possibility, I see the Oilers falling off around the All-Star break though, bubble playoff team.

(8) New York Islanders: 8-4-1; 17 points

  • As we all know the big question for the Islanders coming into the year was what are they going to be able to do without John Tavares? Well it seems they have answered that question pretty nicely through the first 13 games. The Islanders have seen distribution of production across the board leading the team is Josh Bailey with 15 points, then captain Anders Lee with 13 points, sophomore Matt Barzal with 12 points, Brock Nelson with 9 points, three guys with 7 points and two guys with 6 points. They rank 16th in the goals for category among the league with 41 goals and have the second lowest goal against among all NHL teams. They average around 3.15 goals for and 2.31 goals against, their power play is ranked 13th (22.5). On top of it all their goaltending has been much better, Thomas Greiss has a 1.85 goals against in 6 games started and a .944 save percentage along with Robin Lehner’s 2.45 goals against in 7 games started and .928 save percentage. The Islanders are certainly the opposite of what they were last year, they are actually playing defense, getting support from their goalies and not blowing leads. Many may overlook the Islanders with no John Tavares but it seems as if the players they have now are out to prove something. Plus with a tough Metropolitan division the Islanders can go one of two ways this season middle of the pack or a playoff team. The Islanders are a team that will compete with their divisional opponents and raise their level of play when it comes to other Metropolitan/Atlantic division teams. It is now staying consistent for the Islanders all year round, not just three months. I see the Islanders sustaining this and being a big surprise to many.

Offseason outlook for Nashville, Vegas, Washington

Washington Capitals

Additions: Nic Dowd, Jayson Megna

Subtractions: Jay Beagle, Tyler Grovac, Phillip Grubauer, Barry Trotz

Offseason outlook: The Capitals are coming off a Eastern Conference finals win, Stanley Cup win and the best year in team history. The Capitals were notorious for their second round exits, playoff failures and constantly losing to the Penguins. The Capitals got the better end of the stick this year and when they eliminated the Penguins in the second round this year, a lot of people sensed it was going to be a different year for Washington. Which we all know was. Well now after a month and a half since the Stanley Cup win the Capitals had to address some offseason concerns. Luckily they signed back all star defenseman John Carlson to a nice $8 million AAV, Devante Smith Pelly back and in discussion with Tom Wilson. With the Capitals relatively staying put for the year so far, the loss of Trotz is big but luckily the Capitals have the right veteran leadership to help deal with that loss. The Capitals compete in a tough division, but with the Penguins not adding much, the Blue Jackets possibly losing Artem Panarin and the rest of the division either getting worse or staying put has made it quite easy for the Capitals to stay afloat that division. The Capitals are heading into the 2018-19 season with relatively the same three forward lines and same three defensive pairings from their cup win. It is fair to say the Capitals will be just fine without the presence of hall of fame coach Barry Trotz. Where do we see the Capitals finishing? Without doubt within the top three in the Metropolitan division.

To note the Capitals still need to sign one small, yet big piece in Alex Chiasson.

Vegas Goldlen Knighs 2018 offseason

Vegas Golden Knights

Additions: Paul Statsny, Alex Gallant, Daniel Carr, Zach Fucale, Curtis McKenzie, Nick Holden

Subtractions: Paul Thompson, James Neal, David Perron

Offseason outlook: The Vegas Golden Knights had the most successful first year of any sports team among professional sports. The Golden Knights finished Western Conference champs and played in a tough six-game Stanley cup series. Despite losing the Golden Knights have a lot to keep their heads high about. The only concern right now is the loss of James Neal and David Perron as well as still needing to sign William Karlsson, Shea Theodore and Lucas Sbisa. Luckily they extended the contract of Marc Andre Fleury and added veteran Paul Statsny and veteran defenseman Nick Holden. With keeping their roster some what in check still the Golden Knights have a lot to look forward to, stealing conference rivals veteran forward was a big move. But the Golden Knights have to hope Tomas Tartar can find some life in Vegas and turn it around as of now Tartar is slotted on the second line. The Golden Knights have to really worry about the Sharks, Kings and Ducks who have all been pretty aggressive this offseason. The Sharks have locked up some key pieces to their roster, Kings adding KHL star Ilya Kovalchuk, and Ducks who are always in the mix. It is tough to come back and stay consistent in the NHL we have seen time and time again teams fall off the radar after a successful season. The Knights have a huge challenge ahead but luckily with 13.8 mil remaining in cap space the Golden Knightss can make a push for some solid free agents.

Note the Golden Knights still need to sign, William Karlsson, Lucas Sbisa, Clyaton Stoner, Shea Theodore

Nashville Predators 2018 offseason

Nashville Predators

Additions: Jarred Tinordi, Rocco Grimadli, Connor Brickley, Dan Hamhuis

Subtractions: John Ramage, Mark McNeil, Harry Zolnierczyk

Offseason outlook: The Predators some would say had a disappointing playoff run after coming out of the Central with 117 points and ranking first among the NHL the Predators fell short of their goal with a loss to Winnipeg in the second round. Due to some poor goaltending in the playoffs and a lack of forward scoring the Predators had to go back to the drawing board. The Predators have not been so active this offseason beside a recent move adding Dan Hamhuis to their already loaded defensive roster. The Predators now have Ryan Ellis, PK Subban, Roman Josi, Dan Hamhuis and Mattias Ekholm on their backend. A great defensive upgrade but nothing added on the front end. Luckily they did not lose anyone important the Predators. Their roster remains the same as it did last year as of now with about a month and a half until training camp. The Predators hope for prospect sensation Eeli Tolvanen to crack the opening day roster and be a solid top 9 forward for the Predators. The Predators have now made it to the Stanley Cup to the second round and only have so much time until teams like Minnesota, Winnipeg and even Colorado start catching their tail. Some could even say the Predators have a few more years left at this whole Stanley Cup aspiration until the teams top players start to fade off. For now the Predators will stay put in the #1, #2 spot for the Central division. Perhaps this is Nashville’s year…

 

 

What went wrong: Vancouver Canucks 2017-2018

Vancouver yet again had another disappointing season I don’t think many people had high expectations for the Canucks, but the positive is that they have a bright future. With Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson, Jake Virtanen, Branden Leipsic, Troy Stecher the future is bright but right now the Cancuks have some work to do.

The Canucks finished 31-40-11, 73 points, ranked 26th in goals for(218), 9th in goals against(259), 9th in power play percentage(21.4), 21st in penalty kill(78.3). The Canucks have now to worry about filling the Sedin’s brothers spots now that they have retired but for now, the Canucks do have a bright future ahead. What went wrong for the Canucks though? Well, they did not have solid goaltending all year, some key injuries happened at a bad time, and lacked depth on both sides of the puck.

What went wrong with the Canucks? 

(1) Jakub Markstrom did not have a terrible season but when he was not in net Andres Nilsson did not fill the void well. Markstrom posted a decent record of 23-26-7 with a 2.71 GAA and a .912 save percentage, but Nilsson had a 7-14-4, 3.44 GAA and a .901 SV percentage. While Markstrom did not have a terrible season he only started 57 games, solid starting goaltender numbers but when Markstrom was not in net Nilsson did not do a great job, this is a small reason but one of the reasons the Canucks had a decent season.

(2) They had to deal with their top two forwards getting hurt at two different times with Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser going down. When Boeser was in the line up the Canucks were at one point in a playoff hunt, once things hit the fan though they fell off quickly and things went south quick. Boeser their leading scorer had 55 points in 62 games and Horvat, whom when paired with Boeser was very siccessful played in 64 games with 44 points. Perhaps these two had been in the line up all year for 82 games they could have posted a .500 or a little above .500 record, but key injuries these two hurt the Canucks.

(3) The Canucks lacked the depth that is for sure. After the Sedin brothers who are aged forwards they did not have many players to fulfill their forward needs, such as Sam Gagner only scoring 31 points, Loui Eriksson with 23 points, and Branden Suter with 26 points, the Cancuks “veteran” players did not step up which hurt them. They acquired these players with different sights set on their numbers. Luckily the Canucks are transitioning to a younger model and developing younger players.

Will things get better?

Well like I said the Canucks are developing their younger players which is good because they have a ton of younger forwards coming up, like Pettersson, John Dahlen, Tyler Motte with established players like Boeser, Horvat, Sven Baerthschi, and more but the Canucks are definitely on the up and after this season it is a bright spot at least. They do have the 7th overall pick in this yeas draft definitely acquiring a top-level prospect yet again. Will they be back in a playoff hunt next season? Probably not they will be a 22-24th ranked team and finish around the same, maybe around .500 not above it by many games but definitely a better season is ahead. The problems heading into the offseason will be to resign, Markus Granlund, Beartschi, Virtanen, Stecher and Derick Poulit, not a huge burden but some things to consider with their 22 million in cap space and 6 picks out of the 7 rounds this season.

NHL PICKS OF THE NIGHT: Heading to the West Coast

New Jersey Devils(8-2-0) vs Vancouver Canucks(6-3-2)

Two teams off to a surprising start and within the top of their divisions. Tonight the Devils get back two key players though Brian Boyle who was diagnosed with leukemia before preseason and Marcus Johansson who went down with a lower-body injury earlier last week. With the top six solidified and a solid fourth line center in Boyle, the Devils will continue to produce tonight. In net will be Jacob Markstrom in net the Canucks will hope to continue their success, but with rookie Brock Boser now day to day, the Canucks line up continues to look worse. I am not a fan of Vancouver tonight, especially vs a hot Devils team. Devils, 4-2.

Toronto Maple Leafs(7-5-0) vs Anaheim Ducks(6-4-1)

Can anything else go wrong for Anaheim, they lose Cam Fowler, Kevin Bieksa and now Ryan Getzlaf. This team cannot catch a break but somehow they are managing to win games and actually post an above .500 record. John Gibson is their best chance of winning, as Jakob Silfverberg and Rickard Rakell have been off to slow start this team must rely on their defense and goal scoring right now. Toronto comes into the night for their second West Coast road trip, dropping a crucial one to San Jose Monday night, Toronto needs to collect a win on this road trip. I cannot see this team dropping two of the three on the road, and going back to back vs the Kings tomorrow, tonight is their best chance to win. Maple Leafs, 3-2.

Nashville Predators(5-4-2) vs San Jose Sharks(6-5-0)

Nashville has been struggling as of late in their last four games they are 1-2-1 and San Jose is 5-2-0 in their last seven games, but goaltender Pekka Rinne has been rock solid in net for Nashville this season through eight starts he is 5-1-2, with 1.86 goals against average and .940 save percentage. Some history could be in the making though as Joe Thornton is one point away from 1,400 career points, looking to be the 20th player in NHL history to do so. All eyes will be on both Rinne and Thornton tonight. The Sharks are coming off a solid win vs a good team Monday night and get ready to take on yet another good team. Nashville will need their top point go-er, Filip Forsberg, to be on tonight as tonight will not be an easy win vs a hot Sharks team. Sharks, 3-2.

NHL Preview: Colorado Avalanche 2017-18, Youth To Watch, Barrie & Johnson Health

Colorado Avalanche(22-56-4:7th Central):

By no means was the worst team in the NHL saved for last on purpose, out of the 31 teams I’ve covered this offseason oddly enough it happened that way and seemed to work out perfectly because the Avalanche will be the exact same team, possibly a little better than last season. After rumblings of Matt Duchene being traded for much of last season and all of the offseason, he has yet to go, along with Gabriel Landeskog. Duchene will more than likely be gone sometime soon though and possibly Landeskog as well. Either way, they are both reporting for camp and will be an Avalanche to start the season(unless something happens if so, I’ll be sure to report on it!). Aside from those two the Avalanche still have Nathan MacKinnon, Tyson Jost, Mikko Rantanen, Colin Wilson and Sven Andrighetto on the front end, on the back end the Av’s have Eric Johnson, Tyson Barrie, and Nikita Zadorov as of now. Plus Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier the Av’s roster really does not look terrible on paper, but they are extremely young and inexperienced. Aside from being a young team they really do not have a reliable #1 goalie and only two possibly three defensemen. Give this team a few years and they will prosper. As I forgot to mention though the Avs will probably receive a couple picks and some young guys for Duchene and Landeskog, therefore making this team really inexperienced.

The Central is too competitive right now and so is the Western Conference, just count the Av’s out now. If you’re a gambling man do not put your fortune on the Av’s to win more than 30 games next season. They have a tough schedule, a young team, no identity and some question marks in goaltending. Despite the Av’s blunders last season and to come next season there will still be some exciting hockey to watch in Colorado, some key guys to look out for next year are…

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Tyson Jost: Obviously. 10th overall in the 2016 draft will draw some attraction to one. Jost appeared in the final six games for Colorado last season and recorded 1 goal, that’s a start and much more to follow. Jost is goal scorer through and through, there’s really no other way to describe the 5”11 forward, he seems to see the ice well and envision plays well, despite scoring goals he’ll do his fair in the corners and win loose puck battles. Jost is an easy top six forward in the making, at the right moment and right team he can see some top three forward talk later in his career as well. Jost played one season at the University of North Dakota where he tallied 35 points, 16 goals in 33 games. Before that Jost was the “C” of team Canada’s U18 in the World Juniors in 2015-16, Jost scored 6 goals and 15 points in 7 games. WJC was where many recognized Jost and his goal scoring ability. Despite the Av’s mishaps next season Jost will be an exciting player to watch grow next season and be the highlight of this Av’s team for years to come.

Sven Andrighetto: As of now it looks like Andrighetto will be paired with Duchene and MacKinnon to start the season, the former Canadien served three seasons in Montreal prior to last season, Sven has yet to play a full 82 games. Andrighetto has had a slow start to his career being passed in the 2013 draft a lot and being tossed up and down line ups he has yet to make a name for himself. Sven holds a ton of speed and talent, paired with Duchene and MacKinnon, will help this 25-year-old forward’s game soar to the next level. Given full time and a some solid linemates Sven will see a breakout season for himself, it would be possible to see Andrighetto produce 35 points, given some power play time and top six forward minutes Sven will be given all the tools to excel next season.

Mikko Rantanen: Rantanen saw full time last year and despite the Av’s disappointing season the 20-year-old forward showed some signs of progression. Rantanen had 38 points and 20 goals in 75 games last season. Rantanen tore it up in the AHL in 2015-16 scoring 24 goals and 60 points in 52 games. Rantanen is a big forward with a ton of playmaking and scoring ability, he has that NHL-ready hockey sense and flawless skating ability, given the chance to use his size and presence a bit more, Rantanen will excel at the NHL level. It’s tough to say where Rantanen will end up next season right now he’ll be a bottom six forward but easily will crack the top six come later in the year. Rantanen will be an exciting player to watch grow and excel in the Colorado organization.

Tyson Barrie, Erik Johnson: One of the two go down, the Avalanche’s defense is screwed, royally. Johnson missed 36 games and Barrie has seen his fair share of injuries and missing time. When the two are healthy they are exciting to watch, Barrie has the ability to be a top 20 defenseman given some consistent production and Johnson stays healthy he is a solid top four defenseman on any team. The Avalanche have more forward prospects than defenseman, but these two are the two defenseman to keep an eye on in the regular season.

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NHL Preview: Dallas Stars 2017-18, John Klingberg Elite?, Hanzal Depth, Youth Defenseman

Dallas Stars(34-37-11: 6th Central):

Dallas found themselves outside the postseason race last season in which was one of the more shocking things to happen in the NHL. After Dallas shifted its defensive focus towards developing their youth plus the two goalie tandem failing miserably yet again, Dallas faced a disappointing 2016-17 season. John Klingberg faced some struggles last season, Dallas could not find a starting goalie and they slowly fell off the map as the year went on. Despite Dallas blunder of a season, Tyler Seguin still managed to tally 72 points in 82 games and Jamie Benn tallied 69 in 77 games. Luckily the Stars have Benn-Seguin still in tact firing at all angles, add on some major upgrades this offseason the Stars are looking to be a postseason team come May. With the addition of Alexander Radulov and Martin Hanzal, it helps make this Dallas team deeper and even more dangerous on the front end. Between Radulov, Seguin, Benn they three combined for 195 points last season, add in Jason Spezza, Hanzal on the other line the Stars top six, looks pretty good right now. 

With the Stars offseason addition of Marc Methot helps add some depth and sturdiness to the Stars defense but Esa Lindell and Stephen Johns have a lot of ground to makeup, the two didn’t even crack 20 points in their 65 plus games played last season. The Stars defense is still a question mark right now. But with Ben Bishop in net, the Stars defense can afford to make a few mistakes this season as Bishop will be returning to #1 goalie duties, looking to help this team make a postseason run.

The Central is real close right now, go on a losing streak early and teams may find themselves in a hole tough to climb out of. The Stars should be much more consistent next season with a high powered offense, strong goaltender and a few key pieces on defense. Some players for the Stars that will be seeing some extra attention and will need to produce next season are…

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John Klingberg: Is Klingberg a top 20 defenseman? After last season he proved not to be, he’s right on the cusp of being in that conversation. After hitting a rough patch in the middle of the year and only producing 48 points and 17 power play points the Stars will need more from Klingberg. Klingberg is the real only difference making defensemen on the Stars line up if he’s struggling their whole defense will be struggling, the Stars need Klingberg to produce consist numbers and lead the power play effectively. Klingberg has the tools and talent to be an elite defenseman, with some adjustments to his defensive game and learning to effectively play a two-way game will help others see the value in this 25-year-old defenseman. Klingberg will be looked upon in Dallas to lead this defense into the postseason and produce big numbers to be considered an elite defenseman.

Martin Hanzal: Hanzal failed miserably in Minnesota he scored 4 goals in 20 games and a -2 plus/minus, Hanzal all together last year only had 39 points in 71 games. As the 30-year-old center was brought into Dallas to help with some depth at the center position and be a body in front of the net on the powerplay, Hanzal will have some expectations to live up to in Dallas. Hanzal will more than likely be paired with Jason Spezza and Mattias Janmark or any other bottom six that can crack the top six. But paired with Spezza, Hanzal should find the back of the net more and also see his production total increase a slight amount, Spezza is a great puck moving power forward who is a sure 30 assist player each year, paired with Hanzel’s size and shot, the two should work nicely together. Hanzal has been a top six guy his whole career, but paired with some other great talent Hanzal should look to excel next year and that’s what the Stars hope to see in the veteran forward.

Esa Lindell, Stephen Johns, Julius Honka: Three for one special here, I couldn’t pick out just one of them. Anyways these three are the question marks on Dallas’s defense, we saw Lindell produce 18 points in 73 games, Johns had 10 points in 61 games and Honka played in just 16 games last season. Two of three will be in the top four of Dallas defense, and if Dallas wants to be a postseason team these three need to step up and show some signs of reliability and capability. More than likely Lindell will be a full-time guy next season and Johns and Honka may see some healthy scratches to let the other two defenseman play. Lindell has shown the most signs of progression and is probably the most talented. Johns is 25-years-old still looking to make a name for himself in the NHL, Honka is still 21-years-old and with little NHL experience, we can see Honka playing more time as well next season. Furthermore, though these three need to help out and do their fair share in the lineup, 20 points will not cut it, compared to other top four defenseman that’s not good enough. Expect to see two of three playing more minutes and stepping up more for Dallas.

Ben Bishop: I’ve spoken about Bishop before, but he has proven his starting ability in Tampa Bay and his sturdiness in the playoffs as well. There’s really no doubt with Bishop here, but after a few injuries and seeing less time recently, is Bishop going to be healthy for a full season and if so, can he do it once more? It’s fair to question but I think on a team with this kind of offense and a defense that can hold off some top guys for the most part and Bishop having the confidence back in him, he’ll be a top 10 goalie once again. Bishop has the size and ability to be himself once again, on a team like Dallas he should pan out well. Aside from all that though, Bishop will be asked to do a lot in Dallas as they have not had a legit starter in net for quite some time now, Bishop is the guy many are looking to, to help shut the door on this topic of Dallas’s goalie issues.