The MLD 2012 Assassination Thread
Post your completed 25-man roster, with one captain ('C') and two, only two, alternate captains ('A'), for standardization's sake.
Then assassinate each other's teams.:naughty:
Here are some previous assassination threads to get an idea of how it works.
ATD 2012 Line-up Assassination Thread
MLD 2011 Assassination Thread
and one of the best assassination threads ever, :thumbu: a classic:
ATD 2011 Line-up Assassination Thread
Regina Capitals (1/2)
Winston-Salem Polar Twins
Yarmouth Mariners (2)
Zambia Mania (2)
Montreal Orfuns (3)
tony d (3)
Coach - Claude Ruel,
Assistant coach Guy Boucher
Jonathan Quick, Carey Price, Eddie Johnston
Rick Green, Erik Karlsson
Don Sweeney, Kris Letang
Brad Marsh "C", Sylvain Cote
Charles Tobin,Bob Murray
Geoff Courtnall - Barry Pederson - Billy Harris
Shayne Corson ''A" - Jordan Staal - Russ Courtnall
Danny Grant - Mike Ridley - Claude Larose "A"
Erik Cole - Robert Lang - Modere "Mud" Bruneteau
PP1 - Geoff Courtnall - Barry Pederson - Billy Harris - Bob Murray - Erik Karlsson.
PP2 - Shayne Corson - Jordan Staal - Russ Courtnall - Don Sweeney - Kris Letang
PK1- Barry Pederson, Billy Harris, Brad Marsh,Sylvain Cote.
PK2 - Jordan Staal,Shayne Corson, Rick Green, Bob Murray.
1916 or earlier - Charles Tobin
1917-1942 - Modere Bruneteau
1943-1965 - Claude Larose
1966-1979 - Rick Green
1980-1994 - Shayne Corson
1995-2004 - Erik Cole
2012 - Erik Karlsson
Team has qualified for the playoffs.
Also would like to introduce our mascot and his apprentice.
Managers: Dwight & Velociraptor
Head Coach: Jacques Martin
Captain: Orest Kindrachuk
Assistant Captains: Stu Barnes, Mario Marois
Don Maloney - Herb Jordan - Claude Giroux
Morris Lukowich - Craig Janney - Keith Crowder
Nick Libett - Orest Kindrachuk (C) - Chico Maki
Bohuslav Stastny - Stu Barnes (A) - Colin Patterson
Jeff Beukeboom - Bob Dailey
Lou Fontinato - Mario Marois (A)
Gary Sargent - Alex Smith
Christian Ehrhoff, D
Jeff Carter, C/RW
Mike Krushelnyski, C/LW
Hugh Bolton, D
POWERPLAY (extra forwards: Libett, Barnes)
PP1: Morris Lukowich - Herb Jordan - Claude Giroux - Bob Dailey - Mario Marois
PP2: Don Maloney - Craig Janney - Keith Crowder - Gary Sargent - Alex Smith
PENALTY KILL: (extra forwards: Maloney, Libett)
PK1: Stu Barnes - Colin Patterson - Lou Fontinato - Jeff Beukeboom
PK2: Orest Kindrachuk - Chico Maki - Bob Dailey - Mario Marois
The blueline is a shambles in terms of experience and reliability. If the forward core expected the backend to be a steadying influence, their rock, they are sadly mistaken. Karlsson and Letang are full of fire and as reckless as some of the forwards, but with a lot less experience. Karlsson's one regular season of excellence and two lesser years are supposed to carry the top pairing of this club when the Blackhawks career points leader among defenseman sits as an extra skater? His 514 points in Chicago has got to be worthwhile experience for this blueline, not to mention his 56 points in 112 NHL playoff games. Karlsson may have won the Norris but he followed that up with one point in the playoffs and critics galore. Erik is not ready for the role of top pairing on an all-time squad like this. Fortunately, Murray is. Here's hoping coach Ruel will ignore the GM's initial efforts and play Karlsson in a much lesser role down the stretch and into the playoffs. Letang has two significant postseasons and his pairingmate is as steady an influence as he needs. The third pairing is a real heart and soul pair, with Marsh a high energy battler and Cote a steady and consistent defender. Sweeny and Cote are as even keel on the backend as Staal and Ridley will be up front. This team needs that as it is full of fire and brimstone, though on bad nights it'll seem like just **** and vinegar.
The goaltending is interesting, with Quick bringing two good regular seasons before one amazing year in both the regular season and playoffs. He is a one-year wonder with a three-year peak and limited career. His backups include Price, who has four good regular seasons and three all-star games to atest for it, and Johnston, who had six winning seasons as a Bruins backup, and went a solid 6-1 in his starts on their 1972 Stanley Cup championship run. Expect Johnston to see a few starts in the regular season and certainly get a long look to dress as one of the two goalies in the playoffs.
Head coach Ruel is the Jonathan Quick of coaches: one awesome year in which he won a divisional title and led the team to the Stanley Cup championship, plus two decent seasons (a decade later) in which he guided the team to divisional titles only to falter early in the postseason. Assistant coach Boucher adds little in terms of top level experience or success, as he has two years of NHL experience with one conference finals run to his credit. But he also brings two Memorial Cup runs and a third year as top coach award winner in his junior league. He also assistant coached Canada to a couple of gold medals in U-18 and U-20 tourney play. Both Ruel and Boucher hope to catch lightning in a bottle with this line-up.
It's a high risk squad of risk-taking veteran forwards, experience-limited risky offensive defensemen and goaltending which sports a one-year wonder, a decent 3-year peak and a backup veteran with enough success to fill the gaps in the long, regular season, if not beyond. Roll the dice.
Steve Vickers - Robbie Ftorek - Alexei Morozov
Anton Stastny - Cliff Ronning - Marian Stastny
Sami Kapanen - Wayne Merrick - Tom Hooper
Dave Reid - Larry Patey - Willi Plett
Bingo Kampman - Hy Buller
Tomas Kaberle - Mike Milbury
Igor Stelnov - Sergei Starikov
LW/C Hib Milks
RW Wayne Presley
D Bob Plager
D Jaro Spacek
Vickers - Ftorek - Morozov
Kaberle - Hooper
A Stastny - Ronning - M Stastny
Kapanen - Buller
Reid - Patey
Kampman - Milbury
Merrick - Kapanen
Stelnov - Starikov
PK3 (forwards only):
Ftorek - Hooper
will be adding more bios as I go to make this a far easier roster to assassinate
Coach: Tommy Sandlin
Captain: Sven Tumba
Ass. Captains: Ulf Dahlen and Rolle Stoltz
Uffe Sterner - Sven Tumba - Mikael Renberg
Jörgen Pettersson - Niklas Bäckström - Ulf Dahlen
P.J. Axelsson - Thomas Gradin - Niklas Sundström
Johan Franzén - Nisse Nilsson - Ronald Pettersson
Sune Almqvist, Willy Lindström
Lasse Björn - Rolle Stoltz
Kim Johnsson - Niklas Kronwall
Marcus Ragnarsson - Alexander Edler
Axel Nilsson, Tobias Enström
Leif "Honken" Holmqvist
Sterner - Tumba - Renberg
Björn - Stoltz
Pettersson - Bäckström - Dahlen
Edler - Kronwall
Gradin - Sundström
Johnsson - Ragnarsson
Sterner - Axelsson
Stoltz - Björn
Coaching. The duo of Ruel and Boucher have a history of winning and innovative coaching. Ruel developed numerous HHOF defensemen plus he played young defensemen as forwards - Roberts, Savard, Watson, Vadnais, Robinson, Bouchard, Chartraw. Hint about Karlsson in certain situations. Boucher turned around teams at all levels winning withe the players on hand. He has extensive international experience and a university background. Boucher is also on of the few NA coaches that coaches the 1-3-1. Key attribute when coaching against Team Sweden.
Goaltending. Young goaltenders have often been the cornerstone of hockey dynasties. Short list - Clint Benedict, bad 1915 SC final, Terry Sawchuk, Plante/Hodge, Ken Dryden, Smith/Resch, Fuhr/Moog, Roy.Quick and Price, in their short careers have significant success and honours.
Ed Johnston is an ideal third goalie. He coached in the NHL so he will have value as a player/coach, mentoring the young goalies.
Defensemen. MLD - no one else has a Norris winner on their roster and a legit contender. Rather play with than against such a team.
The pairings are balanced.LHS/RHS so moving the puck will be efficient. Player selections were based on blueprints of successful teams. Late forties Leafs, Mid sixties Canadiens all featured young and relatively inexperienced dmen. This team has a better balance between youth and experience than the 1986 Canadiens did.
Forwards. Your Billy Harris concern is interesting for a RW raised in the Leafs organization. Basic issue was that Harris was not the scorer that was projected. His discipline,defense and positional play was strong.Aggressive forechecking from the centers will drive the four lines. Four lines with the skills necessary to execute a standard defensive template. This is the MLD so the natural offensive talents or high end defensive players are not available, leaving the Larouche, Cloutier types, the injured or troubled. Still, the forwards have a history of scoring and producing.
Coach: Bryan Murray
Jimmy Gardner (C)-Pierre Larouche-Nikolai Drozdetsky
Steve Payne-Ivan Boldirev-Gary Leeman
John Sorrell-Nylander-Mike Knuble
Tiger Williams (A)-Andrew Cassels-Jeff O'Neill
Keith Yandle-Gordie Roberts (A)
Garry Galley-Jim Morrison
Sheldon Souray-Eric Weinrich (A)
Marc Bergevin, D
Brian Smolkinski, LW/C/RW
Hal Gill, D
Radek Dvorak, RW
some brief comments, mostly on special teams
Your first PP is pretty good. Second PP seems very weak, and will be even weaker if you move Letang to the first unit to take the place of the benched Bob Murray.
PK defensemen are good - no idea why you have Barry Pederson on the first unit over Jordan Staal
Suggestion: Drop Eddie Johnston (who is basically redundant with Quick - clutch guy with a limited resume) for a forward who can help the second PP unit.
I also need some serious convincing that Guy Boucher is more than just a warm body at this point in time
Either way, I think you need Alex Smith in your lineup. He was considered something of a star in his day, and that's more than Ehrhoff, Sargent, or Beukeboom can say. Smith's offensive numbers are very good for a defenseman - I would honestly consider partnering him with Fontinato on the second pair
The forward who can help the second PP unit does not exist at the MLD level. Worst case scenario is that I move Grant/Cole to the 2ndPP and play Karlsson as a forward at times on the PP against certain defences. This was done with dmen like Vadnais, Savard, Larry Robinson. Then there was Red Kelly. Easy to live with.
Bob Murray is the smallest of our defensemen and the most versatile.
Guy Boucher. Name another NA coach that can successfully coach the 1-3-1? Team Sweden, will be playing the 1-3-1. Need someone with experience to defend the 1-3-1 plus a balanced team like mine is well suited to play the 1-3-1 which answers the offensive and PP concerns as well.
Dropping Johnston. Not an option for the leftovers available.. No other team has the goalie defensemen depth that we do. Will listen to trades that upgrade our team.
Have at her guys:
Steve Thomas-Billy Taylor (A)-Ray Sheppard
Cory Stillman -Erich Kuhnhackl-Cliff Koroll
Andrew Brunette-Kelly Kisio (A)-Tony Granato
Eric Vail-Alexei Guryshev-Martin Havlat
Dave Semenko and Frank Rankin (Extras)
Jeff Brown-Joe Jerwa(C)
John Van Boxmeer-Bob Turner
Bruce Driver-Billy Coutu
Yuri Fedorov and Dave Lewis (Extras)
Coach: Marc Crawford
PP 1: Thomas-Taylor-Sheppard-Brown-Jerwa
PP2: Vail-Kuhnhackl-Granato-Van Boxmeer-Driver
PK 1: Granato-Kisio-Jerwa-Driver
PK 2: Brunette-Koroll-Van Boxmeer-Turner
pre-1917: Billy Coutu, Frank Rankin
1917-1942: Joe Jerwa, Billy Taylor
1943-1965: Bob Turner, Gerry Mcneil, Alexei Guryshev
1966-1979: Erich Kuhnhackl, Cliff Koroll, John Van Boxmeer, Eric Vail, Dave Semenko, Dave Lewis, Yuri Fedorov
1980-1994: Steve Thomas, Ray Sheppard, Jeff Brown, Kelly Kisio, Tony Granato, Bruce Driver
1995-2004: Ryan Miller, Cory Stillman, Andrew Brunette
active 2012: Martin Havlat
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...1&postcount=77 (Billy Taylor)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...1&postcount=83 (Jeff Brown)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=135 (Joe Jerwa)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=136 (steve Thomas)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=138 (ryan Miller)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=139 (Erich Kuhnhackl)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=140 (Cliff Koroll)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=142 (john Van Boxmeer)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=146 (Ray Sheppard)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=147 (Cory Stillman)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=148 (Marc Crawford)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=149 (Gerry Mcneil)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=154 (billy Coutu)http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=155 (Bruce Driver)
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=157 (Bob Turner)
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=159 (Andrew Brunette)
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=160 (Kelly Kisio)
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=162 (Tony Granato)
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=163 (Eric Vail)
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=164 (Alexei Guryshev)
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=166 (Martin Havlat)
Winston-Salem Polar Twins
Fred Scanlan - Ulf Nilsson - Rick Kehoe
Joe Juneau - Bronco Horvath - Gary Dornhoefer
Jim Riley - Charlie Burns - Serge Bernier
Buzz Boll - Stephane Yelle - Dustin Brown (C)
Dave Ellett (A) - Brad Maxwell
Albert Langlois - Jocelyn Guevremont
Udo Kiessling - Garth Butcher (A)
Power Play 1
Riley - Nilsson - Kehoe
Ellett - Guevremont
Power Play 2
Juneau - Horvath - Bernier
Kiessling - Maxwell
Penalty Kill 1
Burns - Brown
Ellett - Butcher
Penalty Kill 2
Yelle - Juneau
Langlois - Guevremont
Each forward line has a distinct identity and role. The first line is built around speed and puck movement, with Kehoe as the triggerman for two playmakers. The second line is your typical passer-scorer-garbageman setup, except this time the centerman (Horvath) is the trigger. Also, the second line features solid defensive wingers in Juneau and Dornhoefer. Third line is built around the concept of counterattack -- an excellent shutdown center and playmaker in Charlie Burns, flanked by wingers Bernier and Riley, who are dangerous in odd-man transition. Basically, the opponent has a shadow on its best forward and another forward staying high, negating a large part of its attack. The fourth line is essentially an energy line -- Yelle ensures possession on the faceoff and feeds Brown and Boll to move the puck out of danger. Brown will draw penalties on a regular basis, which is significant considering he will usually take a bottom-6 PK guy with him.
The defense is built around balance. Each line features at least one capable offensive player and at least one guy who will play a hard-hitting defensive game. RHS and LHS are balanced on each line. I'm considering top-loading the offensive talent, but still leaning against that idea.
Karakas will get the majority of starts in the early season, and the reins will slowly be handed to Irbe in time for him to be the playoff starter.
The spares cover all positions. Dolly Swift can fill in as a puck-rushing defenseman or a top-6 forward. Henning will cover checking roles. Brown is reliable as a defensive defenseman. I'd feel comfortable switching all of these guys in and out of the lineup on a healthy basis, as matchups demand.
Cherry will get the most out of the gritty SOB's on the team, of which there are several. ****-disturbers Brown, Horvath and Kiessling will ensure that nobody plays a quiet penalty-free game against this group. When things get ugly, the team has several players who are happy to drop the gloves, and feed Cherry's game plan. King provides the yin to Cherry's yang, managing the more nuanced aspects of the game and keeping Cherry's negatives in check.
Thomas Vanek - Paul Haynes - Jimmy Ward
Ed Sandford "A" - Donald Smith - Eddie Wiseman
Steve Sullivan - Charlie Sands - Billy Gilmour
Dan Maloney - Todd Marchant - Jimmy Roberts "A"
Walt Buswell - Mike Green
Miroslav Dvorak - Doug Young "C"
Mark Streit - Scott Hannan
PP1: Thomas Vanek - Paul Haynes - Jimmy Ward - Mark Streit - Mike Green
PP2: Ed Sandford - Donald Smith - Eddie Wiseman - Mark Streit/Miroslav Dvorak - Mike Green/Doug Young
PK1: Todd Marchant - Jimmy Roberts - Walt Buswell - Scott Hannan
PK2: Charlie Sands - Steve Sullivan - Miroslav Dvorak - Doug Young
PK3: Paul Haynes - Jimmy Ward
We're considering dressing Zabrodsky to center the second line, dropping Donald Smith to the third line.
Possibilities for the bottom 6:
Donald Smith - Sands/Sullivan - Billy Gilmour
Sands/Sullivan/Maloney - Marchant - Roberts
Smith and Sands are C/LW and Sullivan can play any forward position, so we have lots of options if we do this.
Lang as a PP2 center yields two RHS as PP centers. Far from ideal.
Murray will dress. dmen have a high attrition rate with injuries and I would rather have a quality #7 than search for a stop gap.
Tarheels has 3 goalies also.
You have to defend the 1-3-1 where Boucher comes in very handy. Also my team has 2 dmen better than Subban who was with Boucher in Hamilton when he ran a 1-3-1 so it is definitely an offensive alternative that our team can exploit.
My third goalie is a joke that I put on the roster thread before we started picking. I should have removed him now, but frankly I forgot he was still there.
M.T. Knett... say it out loud :)
Coach: Bobby Kromm
Captain: Billy McGimsie
Assistant Captain:Sergei Babinov, David Backes
Murray Craven-Billy McGimsie-Wally Hergesheimer
Nick Mickoski-Billy Reay-Blaine Stoughton
Bob Gracie-Pete Stemkowski-Dave Christian
Darcy Tucker-Alexei Zhamnov-David Backes
Petr Nedved, Pat Boutette
Joe Cooper-Larry Hillman
Sergei Babinov-Jim McKenny
Robert Picard-Janne Niinimaa
Zach Parise - Syl Apps Jr. - Jiri Lala
Alex Tanguay - Dave Gagner - Joe Carveth
Shawn Burr - Mike Ricci - Grant Warwick
Carl Liscombe - Mike Fisher - Mike Grier
Mark Napier - Oren Frood
Pekka Rautakallio - Jay Bouwmeester
Uwe Krupp - Darryl Sydor
Doug Crossman - Baldy Spittal
If it comes down to it, I'd rather platoon during the season and give Irbe the reins for the playoffs. Karakas' ego is not a concern in the postseason.
Karakas just doesn't strike me as being known for his playoff performances. He's not terrible, just doesn't stand out in that respect.
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