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09-24-2011, 08:20 AM
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Del Zotto is making this team without a doubt.

Valentenko probably isn't after last night, but he should stick around for the trip to Europe considering Staal is out.

Zuccarello, same as usual, skilled, but poor skater and weak against larger competition. As a player is he really worth cutting two guys for? Avery and Christensen. I think Avery can contribute.

Bell should look decent, he's 27 years old.

One of Bell/Eminger should be the 7th. And the other should be in Connecticut getting top pair minutes waiting for injury on the NHL club.

Hagelin, to me looks fine. He can play a defensive role while adjusting to the NHL level. He has untapped offensive talent. And high end speed. He's also strong enough to handle the NHL. And has good stamina.

If Zucarello makes the roster, Hagelin should, too. And be put with Stepan-Zuccarello who will inevitably be paired together. This gives them a good defensive player with the speed to get back.

Rupp and Fedotenko can split time on the Boyle-Prust line. Neither NEED to play every game. Deploy Rupp when we need the physical presence. Deploy Fedotenko when skill is needed.

And Wolski isn't the right guy for Richards-Gaborik. They're going to lose the puck in the corners and along the boards too often. Theyre open ice players. They need a wall presence. And someone willing to fight for the puck. Dubinsky should get a look there. Torts would be incredibly stupid not to try Dubinsky there. And when Richard's gets chased from the faceoff circle Dubinsky can take the draw. The whole idea is for that line to have possession of the puck as much as possible. Having an irresponsible turnover machine in Wolski there, who refuses to go get the puck in the corners, is the anti-thesis of the kind of player they need there.

Wolski should be with Anisimov and Callahan. Who need some scoring and skill and can cover for Wolski's brain farts with the puck.

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