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12-26-2011, 11:14 AM
Rob Scuderi
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D Gerald Diduck

Big physical defender will pair up with Kaberle. They should compliment each other nicely with Diduck's physicality and Kaberle's puck-moving abilities.

Originally Posted by LoH
Rough and tumble Gerald Diduck was chosen in the first round of the 1983 Entry Draft, 16th overall by the New York Islanders. The big, bruising rearguard was considered a solid defensive defenseman who always managed to clear way of opposing forwards for his goaltender in the junior ranks, and the Islanders expected the same of him in the NHL.

After a short 32-game stint with the Montreal Canadiens at the start of the 1990-91 campaign, Diduck was shipped off to the Vancouver Canucks, where he patrolled the defense for the next four years. The 1991-92 season was a particularly ornery one, even by Diduck's standards, when he spent 229 minutes cooling his heels in the penalty box.

The closest he ever came to sipping champagne out of the Stanley Cup came while a member of the Canucks in 1993-94. The Cinderella Canucks advanced all the way to the Cup finals before losing a tough seven-game battle with the New York Rangers. Diduck played in all 24 Vancouver post-season games, scoring a goal and seven assists.
Originally Posted by Pelletier
Gerald was big at 6'2" and 205lbs, and had great upper body strength. He could dominate in the corners, where he could tie up a guy along the boards with ease. He was also capable of a good open ice hit. He was a good fighter when he did drop the gloves, but that was a rare occurrence.

Gerald also had a good package of skills to compliment his physical game. Gerald had tree trunks for legs, which meant a strong skating stride. He had good quickness and mobility. His most attractive finesse quality was his booming hard shot. Gerald was often used on the latter half of a power play because of his shot which often perplexed goalies. He was able to get the shot from the point off quickly too, although it made his shot erratic and therefore often unthreatening. Otherwise Gerald was fairly average in terms of skills. He wasn't a great puck-handler or playmaker. He was more into dumping the puck out his zone as opposed to creating a transitional breakout play. The way to play against Gerald was to forecheck him hard. When under pressure Gerald would make hurried decisions.

Gerald parts of 5 seasons on Canada's west coast, and really benefited from playing under coach Pat Quinn. Quinn, a former NHL blue line journeyman, had a way of getting the most out of his defensemen, including Diduck. Gerald played very aggressively upon his arrival in Vancouver, and as a result played a more important role on a team than he had at any other point in his NHL career.
D Rob Scuderi

No bias here ...Scuderi is a solid PK guy here.

RW Craig Laughlin
x1 70 points, x4 50 points
x1 30 goals, x3 20 goals

Laughlin will probably play on my second line and bring his scoring punch and two-way ability to that line. His skillset would seem to work in the bottom six however so things could change.
Originally Posted by LoH
Craig Laughlin was a talented right-winger who played over 500 NHL games in the 1980s. He was a fine skater with a quick shot who topped the 20-goal mark three times in his career and was asset on the power play.

Laughlin's strong two-way play and productive work on the power play contributed to the Caps' emergence as solid NHL club in the '80s. He topped the 20-goal mark three times and often worked on the same line with Bob Carpenter and Alan Haworth. In February 1988, he was sent to the L.A. Kings for defenceman Grant Ledyard. Prior to the 1988-89 season, he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The club's struggles and apathy caused the veteran winger to voice his frustration in public. Laughlin retired after playing for Germany's Landshut club in 1989-90.

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