The AAA 2012 Assassination Thread
Post your complete 25 man rosters here. Complete with one captain, two assistant captains, PP units and PK units.
Then we can start assassinating the AAA teams.
Thank you for starting the thread, jkrx.
Let me just restate that - Full 25-man rosters go here, with captain, two assistants and special teams. Not 21 man rosters without spares.
Coach: Cooney Weiland
Ass. Coach: Kjell Svensson
Johnny Sheppard - Dave Creighton - Joe Murphy
Pelle Eklund - Walt McKechnie - Jim Fox
Ted Irvine - David Legwand (C) - Darren McCarty
Chris Simon - Yanic Perreault - Eddie Kullman
Shaun Van Allen, Kevin McClelland
Al Dewsbury - Colin White (A)
Paul Cavillini - Sean Hill (A)
Jean Potvin - Jason Woolley
Alex Motter, Brent Burns
PP1: Johnny Sheppard - Dave Creighton - Joe Murphy, Al Dewsbury - Jean Potvin
PP2: Pelle Eklund - Yanic Perreault - Jim Fox, Sean Hill - Jason Woolley
PK1: David Legwand - Pelle Eklund, Colin White - Cavillini
PK2: Yanic Perreault - Ted Irvine, Sean Hill - Jason Woolley
Mike Cammaleri-Dale Mccourt (A)-Tony Tanti
Rick Dudley-Josef Malecek-Fred Glover
Sergei Nemchinov-Laurie Boschman-Ian Laperriere
Ryan Malone-Claude Lapointe-Ronnie Stern
Vic Lynn-Aaron Broten
Warren Godfrey (C)-Antonin Stavjana
Curt Giles (A)-Bryan Berard
Jim Dorey-Frantisek Kaberle
Abbie Newell-Pat Quinn
Coach: Ron Wilson
PP 1: Mike Cammaleri, Dale Mccourt, Tony Tanti, Bryan Berard, Anton Stavjina
PP 2: Rick Dudley, Josef Malecek, Fred Glover, Jim Dorey, Frantisek Kaberle
PK 1: Ryan Malone, Laurie Boschman, Warren Godfrey, Curt Giles
PK 2: Sergei Nemchinov, Claude Lapointe, Jim Dorey, Frantisek Kaberle
Wish I could've made biographies for some of my players this time around, although I've been unbelievably busy.
Coach: Jan Starsi
Captain: Ron Schock
Assistant Captains: Tom Fitzgerald, Lucien DeBlois
Eric Daze - Bill Carson - Jason Pominville
Alex Kaleta - Ron Schock - Wayne Connelly
Dutch Hiller - Rudy Migay - Tom Fitzgerald
Randy Burridge - Tom Fergus - Lucien DeBlois
Bert Marshall - Dmitri Mironov
Kent Douglas - Jimmy Orlando
Dennis Kearns - Hal Laycoe
Jim Conacher, C/LW
Ken Mallen, F
Mike Rathje, D
Rocket Power, D
PP1: Daze - Carson - Pominville - Kearns - Douglas
PP2: Kaleta - Schock - Connelly - Kearns - Mironov
PK1: Migay - Hiller - Marshall - Orlando
PK2: Fergus - Fitzgerald - Douglas - Laycoe
I think if you draft Wooley, you do it to give him big time PP minutes and limit his ice time in other situations.
Potvin-Wooley seems more like a PP pairing than an ES pairing. And I think it's an excellent PP pairing at this level.
PP1: Johnny Sheppard - Dave Creighton - Joe Murphy, Jason Woolley - Jean Potvin
PP2: Pelle Eklund - Yanic Perreault - Jim Fox, Sean Hill - Al Dewsbury
PK1: David Legwand - Pelle Eklund, Colin White - Cavillini
PK2: Yanic Perreault - Ted Irvine, Sean Hill - Al Dewsbury
Greg Adams - George Gee - Petr Sykora
Vaclav Prospal - Mike Bullard - Dmitri Khristich
Alexandre Burrows - Bill Clement "A" - Bill Collins
Bob Kelly - Archie Hooper - Howie Meeker
Dale Rolfe - Leo Reise, Sr.
Mark Hardy "A" - Doug Lidster
Harold Snepsts "C" - Tom Poti
Reg Hamilton, D
Steve Rucchin, C
Igor Liba, F
Bert McCaffrey, RW/D
Power Play #1
Vaclav Prospal - Mike Bullard - Petr Sykora
Tom Poti - Leo Reise
Power Play #2
Greg Adams - George Gee - Dmitri Khristich
Mark Hardy - Doug Lidster
Penalty Kill #1
Bill Clement - Bill Collins
Harold Snepsts - Dale Rolfe
Penalty Kill #2
Archie Hooper - Alexandre Burrows
Mark Hardy - Doug Lidster
Red Green - Don Raleigh (A) - Mike Murphy (C)
Derek King - Tim Young (A) - Anson Carter
Matt Cooke - Wes Walz - Paul Ranheim
Sean Avery - Steve Ott - Matthew Barnaby
Al MacNeil - Bret Hedican
Richard Matvichuk - Stephane Robidas
Joe Corvo - Tom Kurvers
Donald Audette, RW
Magnus Arvedson, LW
Jude Drouin, C
Joni Pitkanen, D
King - Raleigh - Murphy
Young - Kurvers
Green - Drouin - Audette
Joe Corvo - Bret Hedican
Walz - Cooke
Robidas - MacNeil
Ott - Ranheim
Matvichuk - Hedican
Coach: Frank Boucher
Bep Guidolin - Robert Reichel - Earl Robinson
Lowell MacDonald - Jozef Stumpel - Shawn McEachern (A)
Benoit Hogue - Christian Ruuttu - Ken Schinkel
Dave Hunter - Curtis Brown - Keith McCreary (C)
Spares: Pete Horeck, Veli-Pekka Ketola
Ralph "Scotty" Bowman - Keith Brown
Tom Reid - Philippe Boucher
Dana Murzyn (A) - Jeff Norton
Spares: Rick Lapointe and Frank Mathers
PP1: Guidolin - Reichel - Robinson - Norton - Boucher
PP2: McDonald - Stumpel - McEachern - Hogue - K. Brown
PK1: C. Brown - Hunter - Bowman - Reid
PK2: Ruuttu - Schinkel - Murzyn - Brown
Coach: Red Berenson
Goalie / strength & conditioning coach: Vladislav Tretiak
Captain: Ryan Callahan
Assistant: Arthur Moore
Assistant: Luke Richardson
Ron Murphy - John Cullen - Brian Gionta
Jiri Dopita - Jimmy Carson - John Anderson
Doug Smail - George Ferguson - Ryan Callahan
Errol Thompson - Mark Johnson - Nelson Emerson
X: Joe Pavelski
X: Earl Ingarfield
Dan Hamhuis - Moe Mantha
Sean O'Donnell - Arthur Moore
Luke Richardson - Gord Murphy
X: Joe Cirella
S: Seth Martin
B: Ilya Bryzgalov
PP1 J.Dopita-J.Cullen-B.Gionta | M.Mantha-G.Murphy
PP2 E.Thompson-J.Carson-J.Anderson/N.Emerson | D.Hamhuis-A.Moore
PK1 R.Callahan-D.Smail | D.Hamhuis-S.O'Donnell
PK2 G.Ferguson-M.Johnson | G.Murphy-L.Richardson
EHC Eisbären Berlin
Coach: Jimmy Skinner
Captain: Olli Jokinen
Assistant Captains: Geoff Sanderson, Rick Smith
Jeff Friesen-Olli Jokinen-Mac Colville
Geoff Sanderson-Mike Ribeiro-Doug Brown
Mark Osborne-Travis Zajac-Mark Hunter
Val Fonteyne-Chris Gratton-Shawn Horcoff
Bob Berry, Travis Green, Brian Mullen
Rick Smith-Randy Manery
Leo Lamoureux-Alex Levinsky
Nikolai Makarov-Zbynek Michalek
Captain: Paul Ysebaert
Alternates: Kevin McCarthy, Bob Errey
Nathan Horton - Greg Malone - Phil Kessel
Marco Sturm - Anatoli Semenov - Paul Ysebaert
Bob Errey - Herb Carnegie - Dan Cleary
Greg Gilbert - Randy Wood - Bill Flett
Brad Stuart - Patrice Brisebois
Francois Beauchemin - Boris Mironov
Kevin McCarthy - Muzz Patrick
Coach - Sid Abel
- Brad May
- Garry Howatt
- Roxy Beaudro
- Terry Carkner
PP1: Horton - Malone - Kessel - Mironov - Brisebois
PP2: Sturm - Semenov - Flett - McCarthy - Stuart
PK1: Sturm - Wood - Stuart - Beauchemin
PK2: Ysebaert - Cleary - Brisebois - Patrick
Kevin McCarthy was actually a captain; don't you think he at least deserves a letter over Beauchemin or Stuart?
Petr Sykora was always at his best with a big forward on his line to open up space for him - in New Jersey where he had his best years, he was almost always centered by either Bobby Holik or Jason Arnott, both big bodies that could open up space for the relatively soft Sykora. Adams and Gee read like solid two-way players (Adams' time in NJ was before my time), but is either going to open up the room that Sykora needs to be most effective?
Likewise, I still have some concerns about the puck winning of your second line. Legends of Hockey rarely says a bad word about a player and their profile of Khristich calls him a skilled player "whose intensity has been questioned," and that "there was a concern over the drop in Khristich's play in the playoffs when tighter checking predominated." I like the chemistry of Prospal passing the puck to Bullard (like he passed the puck to Lecavalier in real life). Bullard definitely has some toughness, but the read I get is he'd rather fight for goals in front than fight in the corners. The second line might be fine at battling for pucks by committee, but considering toughness on the first line is also an issue, I think you could defintiely use more tougness somewhere in your top 6.
Typically strong third line for you guys, more defensive than offensive, but it can score. I can't see what seperates Burrows from similar types drafted in the MLD, so great pick there. Perhaps you could move him to the 2nd line and bench Khristich. :naughty:
4th line is another solid hard working line, but I really think you could have used a real heavyweight with lack of toughness being the one weakness in your top lines.
I have no idea how to rank defensemen when we get this low. With Rolf, Reisse, Snepst, and to a lesser extent Hardy, toughness sure isn't a problem for your D. All 3 pairs seem adequate at moving the puck, though not exceptional.
Goalies seem adequate for this level, no more.
With what has been revealed here, Igor Liba is way too good to be a spare! Not sure who you would bench for him though. It's a royal shame to see someone who brings as much as Steve Rucchin as a spare, as well.
Interesting decision to play your second line on the first PP. I do think Bullard might be your best net presence. Playing Petr Sykora and his hard shot on the point of the PP is an option - he didn't play there all that often, but was quite good when he did. Just make sure the defenseman next to him can cover for his mistakes.
Penalty kills seem fine.
Also, both Adams and Gee are big.
The line does lack a big-time puck-winner, but if you look at the rest of the draft, those guys don't fall this far in the draft. Compared to the ATD and MLD, this line is soft, but compared to the other AAA drafts? Not so much.
Mike Bullard does have a reputation for toughness, but I'm not sure here that comes from. He certainly isn't really much of a physical guy from what I've seen. I don't think it's a big deal since both Prospal and Khristich are good puck-winners/grinders at the AAA level.
As much as I'd love you to think Rolfe is tough, he wasn't. He was huge and strong, but not a hitter or fighter. "Hal Gill + skating" would be a good comparison.
Mark Hardy, however, was definately a very tough player. He's a big-time physical presense at this level.
Using the percentages from the top-6 seasons:
1st Line, 321-368-401 = 1090
2nd Line, 400-391-365 = 1156
It probably does make sense to switch Sykora and Khristich. Since both Bullard and Khristich were major net-front factors, they should probably split up on the PP.
Also remembered Errey was a captain.
Anyone think that Brodeur maybe deserves the starting job? Looking at him now I'm not sure why we didn't settle on a goalie earlier,and why it wasn't him. I kinda underrated him, then after taking him realized his WHA resume added a lot.
Rucchin was my 2nd choice for a bottom-six center. If he brought just a Randy Wood-level of offense, I'd probably still think so, so all his other offense is just gravy. Why is he not a starter? We like Hooper too much. Didn't want to take a scoring champ as a token early guy and make him a spare.
Whatever happens to him as he plays his way up and down the lineup and as other players get injured, it's nice to know he can fill in at any position on any line.
I'll try to answer both of your posts together.
We knew were weren't going to get big-time puck-winners, so we specifically targetted big players with skill. If you account for eras, not one of our players is shorter than 6', and not one is lighter than 190 lbs.
Our top-6 is: 6'4", 6'2", 6'2", 6'2", 6', 6'.
Our bottom-6 is: 6'3", 6'2", 6'1", 6'1", 6', 6'.
Our blueline is: 6'6", 6'4", 6'3", 6'3", 6'2", 6'.
Based on all of the reasearch, is reputation is wrong.
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