Times have changed a lot, but I still agree with this statement. Also why I am so glad Bo is the captain and not Petey. True leaders need to rise to any occasion. On the ice that can mean scoring a last minute goal, running someone clear through the glass or if need be, exterminate a rat. I would find it hard to follow anyone who is unwilling to even try to defend themself from a physical attack. Bo won’t put up with it, and neither will quite a bit of our team now.
As to the OP, largely agree with the statements here
Ferland - still getting up to speed, tough SOB, gets a pass from me for his so far average play
Benn...exactly what I want in a third pairing guy, big upgrade from last year.
Miller - so far better than I thought, and I was in favour of the trade already.
Hughes - not as instantly game changing as I’d hoped (due to unrealistic expectations) but boy oh boy are all the signs there. My biggest happy point this year is seeing the improvement in his slap shot. This kid has wheels, IQ, dangles and now a shot that’s a threat as well. Gonna be some good things coming to Vancouver in the next couple years.