It's mid-December and time to see where this team is compared to what I was expecting (hoping).
The KHL line is as good as expected. Beyond that the team is playing better hockey, although the results don't always indicate it. My hope was a second line would materialize...it hasn't. When the 3rd checking line is outscoring your 2nd scoring line (with 4 total goals in 16 games) you have a problem. As a result, unless the KHL line and/or goaltender has an outstanding game we lose.
This team is going to win a few more games, the question is will there be enough wins to escape 7th place?
Looking into the future...there are at least 3 players leaving and at least 10 (several having good years) scheduled to replace them. Obviously a number of those will be told to wait a year. Will be interesting to see if the KHL line stays together one more year and if somehow a 2nd line can be put together.