Your Prototypical NHL Team - and how close / far the Leafs are from it
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04-11-2010, 04:16 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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Ok - I'm preping for a long summer, so here just some conversation fodder.
Those who know something about hockey understand that a good team is the sum of it's parts - where your pluggers and role players are just as important to win as your stars. Here's what I would see as the (realistic) ideal make-up of a contender. In brackets I've put who I think could potentially fill that spot from the current Leaf organization in a couple of years - if anyone.
1 - playmaking centre - 90 - 100 point range.
2 - Sniper winger - 40+ goals, 80 + points.
3 - Power Forward winger - 70 - 90 points, goes to the dirty areas, defensively responsible.
(Need - ideal type = Iginla (in his prime))
4 - Solid 2 Way centre - 70 - 90 point range.
5 - Offensive winger - 60 - 80 point range.
(Need - maybe Sharp?)
6 - Power forward winger - 60 - 70 point range
(Kulemin, Caputi or Stalberg?)
7 - Strong 2 way centre, defensively responsible - 50 point range.
(J. Mitchell? B. Irwin? C. Hanson?)
8 - Speedy 2 way checking winger, great shut down guy with offensive potential - 40 - 50 point range.
9 - Tough as nails checker with the ability to put the puck in the net - 40 - 50 point range
(need - ideal would be a Hartnell without the contract)
10 - Defensive, big, energy centre - 20 - 30 point range
(Mitchell? Ideal would have been Primeau a few years ago)
11 - Enforcer - 15 - 25 points -
12 - High Energy PK specialist -20 - 30 point range -
1 - Offensive PMD - 50 - 60 point range
2 - Great 2 way D with a great outlet pass but defensively responsible - 40 - 60 point range
3 - Good 2 way PMD, 2nd PP guy - 40 - 50 point range
4 - Good 2 way D with more of a shut down role - 30 - 50 point range
5 - Big, defensive, shut dowm D - 20 - 30 point range
6 - Big, defensive, shut dowm D - 20 - 30 point range
1 - Game Stealer, definitive number 1
2 - Solid Back Up, able to push the top guy
(Need - I think a Harding would be good)
Don't you think you're being just a tad bit generous here?
Kadri as the 90 point guy? He's played on NHL game
Kessel as the 40 goal, 80 point guy? Let's have him achieve one of those feats first
Bozak as a 70-90 point guy? It would be nice but I'm still not ready to call Bozak a sure fire 2nd line center
Mitchell, Hanson a shut down center? Not even close
Bottom line is, the Leafs are not remotely close to being a contending team. They have some decent pieces in place with Kessel, Kadri, Bozak, Phaneuf, Gunnarson and the Monster but 4 of the 6 are still unproven commodities and the Leafs have alot of holes to plug in. I like your optimism but it's also unrealistic.
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