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04-14-2010, 01:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Crease View Post
The problem with this roster is we have too many third-liners:
Avery, Callahan, Drury, Christensen, and Anisimov.

We can't just move two of them up to the top-six, dust our hands off, and pat each other on the back. There's a reason why we lacked offense this year and it's because we had 3rd line talent scattered in our top-six. Here's a championship-caliber roster:

[1st line LW] - [1st line C] - Gaborik
Prospal - Dubinsky - [2nd line RW]
Callahan - Anisimov - Drury
Avery - Christensen - Prust/Shelley

Staal - [1A Defenseman]
MDZ - [Stay at Home Bruiser]
Girardi - Sang/Gilroy/McDonagh/Sauer

Lundqvist
Auld

With Rozsival and Redden off the books, it's possible. I just don't see it happening though.
I wholeheartedly agree with you here.

The problem is, we have way too many fringe players. Your analysis of the holes in our lineup is spot on. We have exactly one (1) first liner. Dubinsky, I think, has developed into a legitimate second liner. Anisimov is not there yet. Maybe next year, maybe never. We can't forecast his development.

Here is how I see our roster:

First Liners
Gaborik

Second Liners
Prospal
Dubinsky
Christensen

Third Liners
Drury
Callahan
Anisimov

Fourth Liners
Avery
Prust
Shelley

Fringe Players
Boyle
Lisin
Voros

And unfortunately, this problem is not going to magically rectify itself.

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