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04-24-2011, 12:26 AM
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Kreider. Richards. Gaborik
Dubinsky. Anisimov. Callahan
Thomas. Stepan. Grachev
Hagelin. Boyle. Prust

Staal. Girardi
McDonagh. Sauer
Del Zotto. McIlrath


ex: Fedotenko. Gilroy

Kreider. Richards. Gaborik
A line with speed that plays well on the rush. And run 'n gun. Once in the zone all three can pass and both Kreider and Gaborik like to get open to receive passes and shoot. Richards has the ability to set guys like that up.

Dubinsky. Anisimov. Callahan
They have chemistry. They play a hard forechecking game. Get the puck deep and control it on the boards. Go to the net.

Thomas. Stepan. Grachev
Thomas and Stepan were together at Traverse City and had chemistry. Stepan and Grachev have been put together at Traverse City and prospect camp. Thomas is listed as a RW but he plays the left side on the PP due to his shot and like any sniper with a great release you like them on the off wing to receive the quick pass and shoot. Stepan and he being right handed and Stepan being more of a playmaker its a good fit. Grachev providing size and grit as well as skill.

Hagelin. Boyle. Prust
Boyle and Prust are obvious. Great chemistry. Hagelin is a responsible, fast, skilled player that could add a dynamic to the line and make them a threat at even strength. Hagelin could also contribute to the PK and presumably the shootout as well.

Special teams are EVERYTHING in this league right now. If you are not dominant in special teams situations you will not go far.

Special teams includes the Power Play, Penalty Kill, Shootout, and 4v4.

All the new aditions here improve the overall skill of the lineup, and improve special teams, most notably the Power Play by adding Richards, Thomas, and Kreider. Grachev as well who has the size and strength to be asked to fill the role of screening the goaltender on the Power Play. They may be young and inexperienced, but that's part of progress and building a team with enthusiasm. Also, its necessary both because cap restrictions dictates and for progression.

McIlrath provides a stay at home physical presence for Del Zotto. If he can't handle the Pro game yet, he can be sent back to the WHL within the 9 game period. If Del Zotto needs more developing at the AHL level, then Valentenko can get a shot with Gilroy.

With very little spare cap space this summer after extending Dubi, Cally, Arty, Sauer, and Boyle, as well as signing Richards, it is absolutely necessary to continue injecting youth into the lineup at a cheap rate and adding some naive spunk, moxy, and skill to the lineup.

Keep Fedotenko for veteran presence. But he doesn't need to be a full time player. He can rotate when kids need a rest/reboot and when injuries occur.

We need to find a way of clearing Drury, Avery, and Wolski from the salary cap. Wolski has undeniable skill but he's wildly inconsistent both in production and compete level.

OUT: Drury, Avery, Boogaard, McCabe, Prospal, Christensen, Wolski

IN: Richards, Kreider, Thomas, Grachev, Del Zotto, McIlrath, Hagelin

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