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Predictions for 2011-12 Roster
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06-28-2011, 02:30 PM
In The Flesh
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Avery--Stepan--Jagr(STEPAN gets more goals than Brad for 1/10 cap)
Anisimov-Handzus-Gaborik(Handzus is here for Faceoffs+Size)
E.C.--DubinSky--Callahan(E.C. has the skill to complement the D-n-C)
Prust-Boyle-Artukhin-(Size overload-16-20 goals from 2 of these guys)
STAAL--GIRARDI (top 10 duo in the league)
mCDONAGH-MDZ(speed,passing, hopefully McD can cover MDZ's error)
Pitkanen-Sauer(SIZE w/ 25 minute per game ability)email@example.com- Joni
ERIXON-Gilroy?(good spares but seems like Gilroy is going UFA)
This team needs Stepan to improve on faceoffs and HandZus to click w/Gaborik the rest is key. Dubinsky and Callahan want Arbitration fine.... they hijack the NYR cap and get sent to the 3rd line to keep their goal totals a modest 20-25 from the 3rd line they'll be the shorthanded threat that PRust showed to be earlier.
4th line is a monster line w/ a little bit of speed and tons of reach and dominant size. Expect fights to break out when DUBI+Callahan are replaced w/ Boyle line.
as for Brad Richards ...I watched quite a bit of him during 2009-2011 and post concussion he wasn't the same player...the comparables to C.Drury are very real since both won the cup as clutch scorers from the SECOND LINE. Key is that the MVP Conn Smythe went to BRAD after he played super physical during the playoffs and created more room for his line...THAT isn't going to happen to a 32 yr old post concussion paid 6,000,000 more than when he was in a contract season making under $1m.
His faceoff advantage and ability to fool people into thinking he's going to shoot before passing are the only edges he has over Stepan since weight is similar enough and Derek Stepan has the intangibles to work very effectively w/ elite players...its time THE NYR start getting some more...could see AVERY replaced by a bigger harder shooting KREIDER on the Jagr line. (JAGR wants 2m /yr to go to familiar team.
I like it.
I want Feds back though.
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