A Paint by Numbers Picasso…Is NOT a Picasso.
In the final pre-season, we caught a glimpse of the future.
Plucky upstart roster squeaks win thanks to stellar goaltending. You could have turned off the lights in the Gardens, and the combined gleaming grins of Sens management would have kept the building well-lit. The win was a paint by numbers Picasso, nothing beautiful, but as close as possible to the real thing as could be expected from a squad of mostly rookies.
That game was what many fans hope will become the norm for this squad, not the exception. A series of Craig vs. Goliath victories, in which a sling shot offense defeats that of a skillfully wielded sword.
But is this too much to hope for?
If this script leads one to imagine a regular season ending in post season, then frankly, yes.
But this is not a bad thing.
Let’s not forget the adage ‘Pride Comes Before A Fall’. If this team should experience un-expected success, it may well result in more harm (big picture) than good. It may cost this team a much-needed high pick. It may cost this team much-needed tempered expectation from within the ranks of its fans. Worst of all, it may cause management to over-estimate the ability of the roster, and deviate from “The Plan”, a plan, I would argue, any success should reinforce, not alter.
This season must be viewed as being one giant pre-season. Wins and losses do not matter, when compared to development of individual skills, in the context of the teams over-all system. This season is about teaching a new system, developing NHL ready skills (both on and off ice) and reaping the rewards of any resultant losses in the form of a top draft pick.
THAT is the plan.
Let us not be fooled into buying a paint by numbers Picasso as the real thing.
p.s. Damn, that was a great win!