Wht Not Have Prust/Shelley/Weise/Byers as the bottom four wingers?
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04-14-2010, 12:44 AM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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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
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:
And unfortunately, this problem is not going to magically rectify itself.
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