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03-03-2012, 06:02 PM
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Biggest need ahead: 2nd pairing d-men

Thinking of the future of the team. Reaching full potential doesn't work out 100% for every guy, but looking ahead 2-3 years, we potentially have most of the pieces to be a top Stanley Cup contender. So I'm mentioning only our best prospects (F and G) which are there with Florida for the best in the league, and realistic projections for our so-so defense prospects.

Lehner and Bishop

Top 2 offensive centres:
1. Spezza 2. Turris

Scoring Wingers:
Michalek, Silfverberg, Stone


Good grinders / checkers:
Smith, Foligno, Neil, Greening, Noesen, Prince

Top 2 D
1. Karlsson 2. Cowen

Bottom pairing D
Lots of candidates: Gilroy, Claesson, Borowiecki, Wiercioch

So that leaves a glaring hole: #3 and 4 d-men.

Possible ways to remedy this:
---2012 1st round pick.
---Trade Anderson for someone in 2012 offseason or at 2013 deadline.
---Trade Gonchar at next year's deadline, get a rising prospect that pans out, like Zhitnik for Coburn a few years ago (lucky).
---Get lucky with 1 of the bottom pairing guys: IMO Claesson is most likely.
---Sign a free agent.


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