Thread: Confirmed with Link: Wild get Suter AND Parise
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07-04-2012, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by InfinityIggy View Post
Their team as a whole still is not great. Look out though...
You're kidding yourself. Minnesota is all over us in almost every way. We might have the more experienced defense, but they have us in talent, period. Look up and down their lineup.

Parise - Bouchard - Koivu
Heatley - Granlund - Setoguchi
Mitchell - Cullen - Clutterbuck
Powe - Brodziak - Veilleux
Konopka, Kassian

Suter - Gilbert
Scandella - Brodin
Spurgeon - Stoner

We have got nothing that can compare with their center depth. Any one of their top three would be out number one center. Heck, they have potential to play a 20 goal guy on the 4th line. That's sick. On the wings we have nothing to compete with Parise. I'd say Iginla might still stack up to Heatley in scoring, but his performance last season was pretty weak to years gone by. We don't have the luxury of having the talent the Wild have on the wings. While we hope that Bartschi, the best player from the CHL last year, steps up and improves our scoring, the Wild have Granlund, the best player not in the NHL from last year, to center Heatley and Setoguchi. That's nasty. Their third and fourth lines are tough to play against and have the potential to score. Again, we don't compete on any line.

Their defense is a question mark. I like our depth better, but the definitely have the better first pair by a substantial margin. If their forwards maintain the puck as much as they have the potential to, that is going to relieve a lot of pressure on that back end. It might hold up, but if they can make a deal for another blueliner in the top four they will be very scary. They might be able to do that by dangling Bouchard and a prospect like Coyle. Would the Flames send them Giordano for that package? That would be tough to turn down.

In goal the Wild have us. Yes, we have Kipper, but we have an unknown as the backup. They have two established goaltenders that have shown they can carry the team.

We are talking paper lineups, but the Wild look damn scary. They make a move for blueliner in the top four and they are the best team in the division on paper, and arguably the best in our conference. We don't compete.

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