Topic: 2016-17 Season
Season opener, tonight. I cannot wait. So stoked.
There will be a lot of new faces on the ice, but they'll be surrounding the very familiar, very talented and key players that have established the core of this team. I think this team has really improved, which is so supremely exciting.
The real struggle is going to be overcoming the losses of stars Bjugstad and Huberdeau. Bjugstad will be out for another 4-ish weeks with a broken hand. Huberdeau, unfortunately, will be out a lot longer - 3-4 months with an Achilles injury. Each were lost in the last two games of the preseason, which makes it all the more tough. These injuries really hurt. But, young, new Panthers Malgin and Marchessault will replace them for the start of the season, with Marchessault joining Barkov and Jagr on the top line. That's exciting for them, and if they prove to be NHL studs early on, they'll only make the team better when the two injured stars come back.
This is an exciting team, and an exciting time. Let's get this thing kicked off. Devils come to town tonight for the season opener. Bring it on.
WE SEE RED.