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!

10 Responses to “A Paint by Numbers Picasso…Is NOT a Picasso.”

  1. boooooo i wanna get in the playoffs man!!

    • Me too Floflow, as much as anyone, bt even more, I want to see the Sens back into legitimate Cup contention.

  2. That’s just silly. You want to sacrifice a season so the team can get a high pick? And what if the pick doesn’t work out, do you get a consolation prize for a lost season ?

    Nothing wrong with having a rebuilding year, but having high picks in no way point a team towards success. Otherwise The NYI or Panthers would be more competitive teams.

    The myth of the leafs missing the playoffs because they have no top 5 picks is just that – a myth. they fail because too often they have NO picks or just draft badly.

    Drafting remains a key area for NHL teams, but no more important than good trades or use of FA.

    in fact, just as in baseball, as the age for player FA drops, drafting will gradually become less important than it is now.

    • Hey Kyle,
      I’d love the Sens to make the post season, if they do it legitimately, not on the back of Anderson.
      You’re right that picks can be busts, but it is through the draft that teams buid future success, and that is undeniable fact.
      Let me ask you just one question, looking forward to this season at least in part to Karlsson, ZBad and Cowen? If so, I think you can at least see my point, agree or not.

      • Hey Sensay,

        Oh I agree as far as it goes. And I’m completely excited to watch the young guys play, even if we finish at the bottom of the standings, if we must. But we have to try to win as much as possible and not worry about our draft position, winning in the NHL is too hard as it is to let up even during a rebuilding year.

        As I mentioned, I consider drafting one of the three critical planks for success in the NHL – trading and drafting being the others. Fail at any one and you won’t be successful.

        The teams that have had success in recent years have lived off trades and FA signings as well as the draft.

        Detroit, Boston, Chicago, they all do it. And Boston brought Chara in at the bottom of their cycle – not the top.

        I’m not saying this to diminish the importance of the draft, only to emphasize that I don’t agree with the attitude many fans have, that if we draft well that somehow success is assured. The time to add good players to a team is always the same – right now.

        Does that mean running around signing FA to try to shore up a rebuilding team? Not at all. But we have to be prepared to take advantage of opportunities when they appear.

        And that means getting top players of an age when the opp arises – not saying ‘hmm that doesn’t fit with our organizational cycle’

        • I agree that winning is important, but if you’re winning based upon super human performances, not “team” wins, these victories do not represent legitimate long-term success, they’re anomolous in nature.
          If the Sens win based upon team effort…great, we’re further ahead in the rebuild than expected, and don’t need the high pick…but if it’s a goaltender performance, that could end, due to injury or other, losing that pick could prove a big loss, for little or no real gain, IMO.

  3. ‘craig vs goliath’ – nice..

  4. You have to have the picks to figure out whether or not they’ll be a bust…….

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