Thread: Speculation: 2-3 years from now
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12-28-2009, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Vito Andolini View Post
thats a very simplistic way of looking at things...

of the 20 players listed, 4 or 5 of them are already proven quality NHLers...thats 25%...and we are certainly NOT a good team. How are another 2 of these kids making the club going to make us a very good team?

This team is beyond just needing young players. We already have young players. What we need are a combination of better players & the existing players taking the next step.
Obviously I meant a third of the prospects, not Dubinsky and Callahan. I meant Sanger, Grachev, Step, Kreider, Werek and Bourque as well as rookies like DZ, Gilroy and AA.

If among the prospects 2 turn into above average NHL second liners or better, and at least one of the rookies becomes a first liner or a first pairing D, we are in very good shape.

Imagine the current team plus two excellent forwards and DZ is scoring 55 points, while Sanguinetti is doing what DZ is doing now.

The team is a shoe-in to make the playoffs.

Now, take out the salary of Drury, Redden, Higgins, Prospal, Kotalik and Rosie, and spend those $25 million on a star player plus raises for young players.

Say, Kovalchuk (or equivalent star a few years from now, just using his name because we don't know who'll be a superstar in 4 years) for $10, and another $15 for raises and entry level contracts for the rookies coming in.

Fact is that if you can fill 90% of the team from inside the system, you have a tremendous amount of cap space to play with to fill the other couple remaining spots.

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