They've been competitive since the first few games and that's good,I like the effort too.I have to applaud their ability and effort.
The surprise to me isn't that the forwards are competing, but that they could miss Toews, Dach, and Carp all at center and resist looking like Detroit. Its that nobody is going to suggest that Lankinen is the best goalie in NHL, but its pretty cool and a good omen data wants him in the conversation for even a moment.
If Boqvist were the bar Kurshev was ready a year ago and I've been calling for him for longer than that. I prefer the Kurashev timeline though. What I question is the player development and timeline inconsistency?!
I called bullshit for Pirri starting over Kurashev opening night and I've liked Lank ever since he stood on his head in the 19 WHC.
A handful of good kids can form a core but a few elite players that only come in the first few picks are needed more than W's.