Edited Oct. 22 at 9:37 a.m.
Oh I remember those days when Sherbak might be a star in the making, Juulsen probably makes the team but got injured and Reway would 100% be an NHLer iif not for his injury/disease.
Don't worry, by no mean am I trashing your POV, just putting back in perspective that a bunch of "ifs" don't make a professional team competitive. Obviously CF is a speculating platform but we need to keep sight that something plausible for one might not before others but it still doesn't discard the idea that Byron could hypothetically play for Ottawa next year. When healthy Byron's salary may be several hundred Ks higher than it should but it's by no mean a trash contract for a defensive/PK specialist like some think around here.
haha bonus points for mentioning Martin Reway but the thing is... I am much more "ancient" than that. I have done this for decades, and even made decadent amounts of money by investing in some players rookie cards. My biggest coup was Erik Karlsson
Habs fanbase is at least 5 times bigger than the Sens fanbase, plus you have a huge pool of medias including dinosaurs overhyping Habs prospects like crazy. Sens prospects are unknown for the most part, for example, there's people on CF who think they could get Pinto with Kravtsov. Another ex : KK young guns RC was selling for much more than Batherson YG... Why do you think? Markets but KK might (sorry have to use this word again as I don't know the future!) never be as good as Drake.
Another thing is Habs drafting has completely sucked since 2007. Opposedly, Sens drafting has been one of the best since 2008 (I'd take Habs ownership and management though, except for the Mailloux part)
I'm not forcing anybody to "believe" in what I say but I can say that hockey is one of the subjects I know the most about in life. Don't ask me about any other sport though. I follow my 2 countries (France/Italy) for international soccer and that's it. If I am using terms like the ones you bolded, it is simply to cover my bases because talking in absolute for things you have zero control over is a bit stupid to be honest.
- I am assuming that Tierney, Sanford and Ennis will be gone
: it's the logical way to go. Ennis has been signing 4 cheap 1-way deals in a row, hes a vet stop gap for teams. They'll realize soon enough that Sanford is just "there" (Sens pro scouting is absolutely awful). Tierney is a decent player but not a guy the Sens should keep, he doesn't fit the bottom-6 and the style of game the Sens want to play. Most Sens fans hope we'll go in a different direction. I was very vocal (not here) about trading him in summer 2019 when his value was at its peak but Dorion stupidly hang onto the asset until it depreciated (he does that a lot)
- Nick Paul who I'm 90% sure they will extend
: it's not a guy that should be very expensive so it's a no brainer that they should keep him, he brings "quality" to the bottom-6. It would have been stupid to say 100%
- Parker Kelly ... He might even stay all year this season
: it's actually getting closer and closer to 100% with all the injuries piling on. They like his game, he's fast, young, cheap and plays the "right way"
- "Egor Sokolov... He will probably start his graduation later this year
" : again not sure how am I supposed to word that? This is based on multiple interviews and articles from Sens coaching/training staff. They are very high on the kid, he does and say all the right thing, plus he's very talented. He's probably the biggest fan favorite for a guy that still hasn't played a NHL game for the Sens lol. It would be very surprising to not see him this year. Maybe he won't 100% stick, so it could be delayed to next season.
- "Ridly Greig... He might just steal a spot at training camp
" : again, perfect way to word this IMO. Some already pencil him on the team next year. He's still a bit young but this guy is a stud. Check his preseason goal against the Jets for fun, made it look so easy. I can't say with certainty either way.
- "Mark Kastelic might be groomed into the 4th line center
" : not a prospect I spent a lot of time watching/following, but after this training camp, I understand why he could be a 4th line center. Don't give much of a crap if it's him or someone else though. That's why using "might" is good again. It's true that they might have him in their plans because he plays the way they like for the bottom-6. He has defensive and face-offs skills that could be useful too and right now, they are hit hard by injuries so he MIGHT be called up sooner than later.
- "Clark Bishop might
" : this one I dont really give a crap, jersey filler who can skate. I criticized his signing because I thought his 200 K$ AHL salary wasn't justified. He's a bit like JC Beaudin, won't look out of place but won't bring anything outside of good skating
- "Tyler Boucher and Roby Jarventie will probably need another year
" : once again, probably is the correct word here. It means I would be surprised if one of them make the team next year. Theyre still very young
After reviewing this, not sure what you were trying to say here. I think it was totally the correct way to use these words. I didn't overhyped or talked with certainty like many fans do about their team. I simply told you the possibilities.
With the injury list growing, I would take Byron now if he didn't have another year, but I'm also not the one paying the bills so even though Sens can easily afford it, doesn't mean Melnyk would approve it. It's another factor that hasn't been talked about.