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01-30-2012, 10:33 PM
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so that is the starting lineup and main spares of my all-undrafted squad.

coach: Glen Murray
associate coach: Eddie Johnston

Lorne Ferguson - Darius Rusnak - Tim Ecclestone
George Allen - R.J. Umberger - Mark Parrish
Rich Sutter - Dean McAmmond - Keith Jones
Larry Jeffrey - Scott Thornton - Tie Domi

Mathieu Dandenault (D/RW)
Lindy Ruff (LW/D)

Richard Smehlik - Billy Baird
Tom Edur - Stephane Quintal
Arnold Kadlec - Milan Chalupa
Harry Smith - Pat Price

Glen Hanlon
Jorma Valtonen
Doug Favell
Clint Malarchuk

review:

there aren't a lot of great scorers left. Tim Ecclestone and George Allen are probably my best all-around players on the top-6. Rusnak stood out just enough among europeans to merit selection, and Parrish was a stat pick at this point. Ferguson is here just for lasting as long as he did in the O6.

but I think that is a pretty awesome all-time undrafted bottom-6. It is loaded with pugnacity, speed, agitation, two-way ability, and decent offensive skill. If anything it lacks size, aside from Thornton. As far as roleplaying goes, Benoit Brunet and Marty Reasoner ain't got nothing on these guys.

In goal I got the guy that I think stands out as the top international goalie left, and three NHLers who managed to perform at an above-average level for a decent amount of time. In all honesty, I think Hanlon stands head and shoulders above the other three. This is a guy who's really underrated.

Not much to say about the D. The guys I have so far, are all picked for different reasons. Smehlik for being heavily relied upon by very good teams. Baird as an intriguing old school defensive specialist. Edur with an incredible two-season peak in the NHL. Quintal for lasting over 1000 games as a useful player. Kadlec and Chalupa are the international selections, with their respective Canada Cup and Golden Stick records the tipping points. Harry Smith is an intriguing Canadian international player. Make sure you read up on him. Price is the tough guy with puck skills. Rather enigmatic, but good teams made good use of him.

The coaches are pretty much vanilla stat selections, picked for holding down NHL jobs for a long time and winning more than they lost. They did both get adams consideration too. The international coaches that are left just blend together with no one really standing out. At least with Murray I got some international experience too.

I think every one of the above picks could find a home in the AA draft of 2011, if not higher.

Still to come: a taxi squad of five more forwards and five more defensemen to complete the undrafted franchise.

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