Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Survey Results: Bert is the Man

The fourth installment of the NOHS Sidebar Survey are in...

Which addition will have the biggest impact (good or bad)?

Todd Bertuzzi 28 (46%)

Jason Williams 14 (23%)

Patrick Eaves 17 (28%)

Other1 (1%)

So for better or worse, most of you think that Todd Bertuzzi will have the biggest impact on the 2009-2010 season. A sound choice, seeing as he's starting on the 2nd line with Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary. Bertuzzi should easily topple the 20 goal mark playing with these two. Hopefully he can keep his PIMs and injuries down to a minimum this year, while still bringing size and grit to the table. For all of you nay-sayers that are still lingering out there, my tolerance for you is about to run soon as the puck drops on Friday.

The second place vote-getter Patrick Eaves is going to absolutely work his tail off to contribute to this team. With mainstay Kirk Maltby nipping at his heels for the final forward roster spot, his margin for error will remain at almost zero. Will he be able to return to his 20 goal scoring prowess? We'll have to wait and see. Doesn't hurt to have Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm (when he returns) on your line.

Jason Williams, I believe, has the second best chance at making an impact on this team...even though he received third place in the votes. Playing on the 3rd line with Ville Leino and Valteri Filppula could be a match made in heaven. With Wally's play making ability, Leino's shot, and Williams' ability to do both pretty evenly, this line could see each player on score 15+ goals this year. That kind of production from your 3rd line would be absolutely magic. Oh, he's also playing point on the 2nd PP unit...looked good in pre-season too.

And one poor sucker thinks that the most contribution will come from a player NOT one of these three. Who, I ask you, who?

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