Free Agent Frenzy Part VII: It's Still Only July Edition
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07-06-2012, 06:18 PM
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Of course, their holes are harder to fill. They do everything backwards here. Where else do you leave the most important and most difficult positions to fill, top line forwards, to free agency and trade?
What other team has gone more than 30 years without drafting and developing a young homegrown first line forward (one that they kept past their rookie year, anyway)?
Completely illogical approach to roster construction here.
We have to find those kind of players. Hopefully, Stepan and Kreider can eventually become those players. Stepan isn't too far off IMO. He's already one of the better 2nd liners in the league. He's only 22. 51 point sophomore campaign. 30+ assists and just under 20 goals. If he can become something like Joe Pavelski (20+ goals and 40+ assists) he'd pretty much be a top line center. Not too far off from that.
I think we have some first line potential in the system and on the team. The two mentioned above are the best candidates. Callahan is a tweener (okay 1st liner, great 2nd liner). Hagelin has a chance. He's a perfect 2nd liner in the future, but if he works on his hands and shooting, he could take a jump in development. Miller some chance, but most likely a 2nd/3rd liner.
What this team really needs is a Nathan Horton type trade. He was such a pivotal piece to Boston being so well. That type of player with that kind of trade is the piece this team is truly missing.
Sather is trying to do that with Nash or Ryan. Both GM's and Sather aren't budging from their offers.
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