Houston Aeros 1994-2013: Thank you for all the great memories and two decades of great hockey and entertainment.

Friday, September 11, 2009

29 teams in 29 Days - Aeros featured today

In what now appears to be another AHL blog that needs to be added to our blog roll, Chris Rahn's AHL News features a quick look at the upcoming 2009-10 season.

The bottom line, Rahn says, is that the Aeros should be good enough to compete for a playoff spot in the west, but they will be too weak to compete for a championship. (Did Fred ghost-write for this guy?)

"While the defense has upgraded and the offense has suffered a blow, the Aeros are in a peculiar spot this season. If the defense can offset the struggles of the offense, the Aeros should be in good shape to make the playoffs."

On paper, the Aeros might average a full goal less per game, but they will likely give up close to a goal less per game if their new defense is as good as advertised. But there are still plenty of questions in this division.

Chicago got better offensively, but their defense will be suspect. Will Drew MacIntyre be enough? Milwaukee is always good. They probably are not as good as last year, but there is no reason to think they will slip out of a playoff spot. Texas looks to have a pretty decent roster, especially on the defensive side. I still Peoria might have fallen down the most, but they too have decent goaltending. San Antonio appears to be better, but I don't know if their offense is any better from a year ago. What is for certain is that Greg Ireland brought that team back from the dead after a 17 game losing streak. And Rockford. They are waning as we speak, talent wise, but NHL Chicago is full of talent.

I just don't see a runaway favorite to take the division at this point, but if I had to guess right now, I would put Milwaukee, Chicago, Texas and Houston as the most likely to make the playoffs. But Peoria, San Antonio and Rockford (just like the Stars and Aeros) could finish anywhere from 2nd to 7th.)

It's going to be a fun year, and there very well could be a team that finishes below .500 and makes the playoffs.


Fred Trask said...

Nope, not me because I know John Scott is on a one way contract.

That doesn't mean he will not be here, but I think it's less likely.

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

I WAS kidding ... Speaking of which, someone told me the other day that Scott being on a one-way deal with the Wild is one of the Top reasons they cannot be taken seriously as a NHL playoff team.

Agree or Disagree?
And everyone ... feel free to join the discussion.

Fred Trask said...

I knew you were not serious. I just wanted to get the Scott jab in. I'm tired of "experts" who don't seem to know obvious facts.

As far as a reason they can't be taken seriously as a NHL playoff team goes I'd think the Scott factor would have to be way down the list of questions to check off yes or no before that particular piece came into play. I think they'd all love it if their opponents felt they shouldn't take them seriously. :-)

When they announce the C it'll go a long way in my book towards knowing the answer to some of that.

artandhockey said...

First, the 'Great Scott' is a very nice guy off ice and has been a favorite here in the past.

While he does well, he is not a speedy or very flexible skater, due to his size, I feel.

As important he may be as a giant defender may not be as important as someone who is a great scorer..goals make the winner after all.

But to say, that he is the "top" reason for the Wild not seen as a serious play off team, that is hogwash, baloney - (someone trying to psych them out?)
Please do REMEMBER 9/11 and reflect on being happily alive!

Chris Jerina said...

Your comment about Drew MacIntyre with Chicago is interesting because he give up TONS of rebounds relying on the defense to clear them out, which if the Chicago defense is suspect can create some issues.

Then again, with the 5 goalies under contract, the Atlanta/Chicago/Gwenette goalie carousel may be interresting.