It looks like this guy is a player you can expect about 15 goals and 40 to 45 points from. In that regard, he has been consistent year after year.
Myself, I don't expect the guy to improve much on those stats. Surpassing 15 goals might be tough in the west, where he'll have to face tougher defense and stronger goaltending, but I think the Flames have more potent scoring than anyone he's ever played with in Florida. His assists should go up to 40+, making him a 50 pt. defenseman. He will also be relied on to help shut the other team's top line down, as well as kill penalties and man the point on the powerplay.
So I have two questions. What are your expectations for #4 this year?
If he doesn't significantly improve upon his stats in Florida, does the contract automatically become an albatross? (In your opinion.)
He's a player that offensive numbers do no justice. I expect him to make a huge impact in the defensive zone and in our transition game. I could care less if he doesn't improve on his offensive numbers.
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I believe with the Flames defensive depth that Bouwmester will get the opportunity to play in situations where he may be allowed to play more of an offensive role as opposed to Florida where he had to do everything.
15 goals, 50+ points (as Erik stated). A strong presence on the PP/PK (which will be difficult to measure with the new coaching/scheme).
I definitely expect a quiet, calming presence on the defensive end and an excellent first pass which will improve the Flames transition game.
Indirectly, I think he's going to help Phaneuf as well, so long as Phaneuf doesn't have an ego about not being the highest paid d-man and best young d-man on the team. Reducing the pressure to be a game breaker will allow Phaneuf to get back on track.
So, in sum, a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold, Norris Trophy nomination, assisting in winner the Vezina trophy, Jennings trophy and Jack Adams trophy and going 12-0 against the Canucks and Oilers.
Crosby > Ovechkin. It's just that simple.
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