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07-23-2011, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris Shafer View Post
I think the best case scenario young core looks something like this:

vanRiemsdyk - Giroux - Ranford
Wellwood - Couturier - Voracek
Simmonds - Schenn - Akeson
Nodl - Holmstrom - Testwuide

Meszaros - Gustafsson
Coburn - Carle
Manning - Marshall

Bryzgalov (not young but locked in 9 more years)

That's not exactly a realistic hope though, and that defense looks really shaky. Right now, my biggest prayers go out to Ranford and Akeson. If Akeson can bulk up and Ranford can fix his skating, they could be real NHL threats on the outside with Giroux-->Couturier-->Schenn down the middle.
I'm not that up on all those players so I can't pass judgment but I think it's probably always healthy to bring in a few outsiders via UFA and such but essentially it is a pretty decent core... I wouldn't be sold on that D so much, chuck in a really good UFA and I'd be happier but it's all good.

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