Typically, I don’t consider a hockey season to be a success unless the team gets out of the first round. Sometimes that’s a reasonable goal and sometimes it’s not. This season with the Amerks, it’s not only completely reasonable, but it may be a low expectation. In fact, anything other than getting out of the first round should be considered a complete failure.
There are three main reasons for this opinion:
- Hockey is measured by winning in the playoffs. And this is the 2nd best league in North America and one of the best leagues in the world. The Amerks are the 8th oldest professional hockey team in North America and one of the most storied hockey franchises in the world. So, those who want to focus only a prospect development might not like this – but too bad.
- It’s the Amerks 60th anniversary season AND it’s been 10 years without a playoff series win.
- No expense was spared in bringing in high level AHL talent this season. For example, Cal O’Reilly is being paid $700k to play here.
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