Thank God It's Over (The Official Offseason Talk Thread) III
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07-26-2012, 02:23 AM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: State of Hockey
So i've been thinking for the last little while here about our 2006-2007 team which to me is the most "talented" team we've ever had, not the best as that honor still goes to 2002-2003, but I was trying to think about it compared with our roster now. I still regret that year a little only because if Gabby and Demitra had been healthy for the entire year no question we would have won the Northwest, and at least had the opportunity to give a better account of ourselves in the playoffs before eventual referee darling ******** made it through. Anyway, when Gabby and Demitra were playing here were basically our lines though with good ol' JL you never really knew.
In thinking about comparing to what we have now, Parise is a great scorer but Gabby still a little more pure of a scorer I feel and chemistry with Demitra was incredible, so we'll see how Parise-Koivu-Heatley develop this year. Todd White I feel people forget he was very good for us that year, and Granlund whole-hum is similar in size and stature to him, with that not so subtle added bonus of much greater hockey sense and skill in my books. Bouchard's the only one that remains in theory, in reality not so much, and Rolston was very good and Seto's got to do some rebounding in that regard.
The defense now I think is a wash, and better now because Suter is obviously far and away the best dman we've ever had. I love our 3 and 4 lines so much better now then in 06-07 save for Walz, depth, speed, tenacity, checking, and scoring touch way, way better and that team had Veilleux and hopefully this one shouldn't.
So what do you guys think? I'm not ready to say this is the most talented yet alone hopefully best pure team we've ever had, but I think it has more then opportunity and room to grow in both regards. Anyway, it's middle of summer so again just some more food for thought.
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