Your Prototypical NHL Team - and how close / far the Leafs are from it
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04-11-2010, 03:58 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
First off, I'd like which teams I liked; those were the late 90's Devils and Stars - perfect teams really.
On the Stars you had a star center in Modano, a chraracter guy who could just absolutely blast it in Hull, a faceoff beast an playmaker in Nieuwendyk - a crazy top offensive pairing in Sydor-Zubov and a monster in Hatcher... then you had a supporting cast of 2-way guys in Verbeek, Langenbrunner, Lehtinen, and some passionate veteran grinders in Keane, Muller and Carboneau...
The Joisey teams had some highly skilled wingers who owned the Leaf's by the way in Sykora and Elias, gritty two-way centers in Holik, Madden and Arnott, a monster top-pairing in Niedermayer and that hulk Stevens... and a feisty supporting cast of Mackay, Odelein, Pandolfo, Brylin, Oliwa, Daneyko... these were dominant teams
Just speaking of the Leaf's I think we've got an OK 'core' going forward you see...
On the top-lines we've got a talented scoring center in Kadri developing and a sniper in Kessel. I think what we're missing up there is a
. It's not Caputi. It's not Stalberg, and Kulemin can't do all the work. Who is this guy? Beach? Neal?
On the second, along with what looks to be a pretty promising 2-way supporting cast in Kulemin and Bozak, we're missing another player of the sorts in a
2-way support-scoring winger
. Again, it's not Stalberg or Caputi, it's none of our prospects yet.. so who is it? Sharp? Maybe...
On the third, we've got a speedy special teams specialist in Sjostrom and a promising center prospect in Hanson, who looks to have some untapped offensive potential, and even speed for a big man... what we're missing though is a
along the lines of what we had in Tucker. Who is this guy? Could be somebody like Clarkson or Armstrong...
The fourth line we've got our enforcer and a veteran center in Primeau... this is really an enigma on the team as we could slot anybody into here, anybody that's not performing up to par that is, which looks like Wilson has been doing this season - with Stalberg, with Caputi, etc... so let's reserve this spot for purgatory
On the defense really the only thing we're missing is a
reliable 6th defenseman
, who isn't Exelby, isn't Finger, isn't anyone of the prospects... so who is it? I don't know about this one...
So basically what I think we're missing for next season is this..... a scoring power-forward, a 2-way scoring winger, a 3rd line agitator-scorer, an extra bottom-six special-teams specialist, and a reliable bottom-six defenseman...
I'll just put something together that resembles what I'd like of what may be available...
Cap? Martin UFA. Nystrom UFA. Armstrong UFA. Kaberle to Washington for Alzner, 1st 010' ---> Beach, Sharp for Alzner, Washington 1st 010', Caputi
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