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07-27-2012, 07:12 PM
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How does the current roster stack up to the beginning of the 05-06 season

To the best of my recollection, the lineup back then looked something like:

Whitney-Staal-Cole
Stillman-Brindy-JWilliams
x-Cullen-LaRose
Nordgren-KAdams-CAdams

With the x being a whole slew of players, Ladd and Vasicek were there but both got hurt, Vrbata and Zigomanis were flops, etc., but basically we had 7 legitimate scoring forwards before the Recchi and Weight trades happened.

Now, this year (combos are purely speculative):

Semin-Staal-Ruutu
Jokinen-Staal-Skinner
Tlusty-Welsh-LaRose
Brent-Nodl-Dwyer-Sutter-Bowman-whatever

Obviously the 4th line this year is not nearly as good as it was back then, but the top 9 is very comparable.

Defense then:
Hedican-Kaberle
Wesley-Ward
Commodore-Wallin

Tverdovsky-Hutchinson as extras

Defense now:
Pitkanen-Faulk
Gleason-Corvo
Harrison-McBain

Gragnani-Sanguinnetti-Murphy potential extras

The 05-06 defense had more toughness, but lacked a single player as good as Pitkanen and not a single player as tough/physical as Gleason. Fill in Faulk-McBain in the Hedican-Kaberle roles and Harrison as some reasonable facsimile of Aaron Ward and it looks pretty good.

Whatever your opinion, it appears JR is following a certain formula that worked before.

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