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04-25-2004, 04:32 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Rhode Island
Center: We all know the void at this position. We just don't have a 1st liner and there is no one who we have a legit chance of geting....
LW: This is fine with Frolov, Luc, Avery, And then whoever is on the 4th line. Thats a decent to good LW. Frolov seems to be turning into a legit top-3 LW and right now is a legit top-6 LW. Luc is geting old but he could still have just enough gas for one more season. Avery is a great 3rd liner and maybe Barney can move to the LW if Luc starts to slide.
RW: Depends on if Palffy comes back if he does then we have Palffy, Klatt, Lappy, Cowan, Barney. That can be a decent to good RW with a legit top-3 in Palffy and two guys who could be legit top-6 in Klatt and Barney. Both Cowan and Lappy are great 3rd/4th Liners.
Defense: Its young and has some problems with injury. Like much of the Kings if it can stay healthy its decend to good. Matty is a rock, Lubo (when healthy) is a great offensive d-man, Miller could be a great physical d-man if he can stay healthy next year, Gleason seems to have worked his way into the lineup, Corvo to me is a horrable player but would be fine as a 6th d-man. After that you have some question marks. Is Zizka good enough to make the jump, do we resign Dempsey or Modry, and is Denis ready to make the NHL? All tough questions but at the end of the day a lineup of:
Zizka, Corvo, Holland
Is decent and if the kids mature could be nice to have.
So things are in my opinion only weak in the center and are heavily dependent on the youth movement for much of the lineup. But hey this is what the Sharks had going for them last year (although they had a much MUCH better goalie).
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