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08-13-2012, 03:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Top 6 Spaling View Post
Hey everyone! I'm Tampa in a GM game a need some help. How would you rank the following players for next season only (no potential):

Tyrell, Pyatt, Thompson, Hall, Wyman, Crombeen


Carle, Brewer, Hedman, Ohlund, Salo, Aulie, Mikkelson, MAB
Rank them how? Point production? Likeliness to be a regular in the lineup?

Thompson and Hall are our PK specialists. Also, coach Boucher gave Thompson the nickname "Textbook Thompson" and his teammates call him "Nate Boucher" as Boucher described him as the player who instantly got him and did what he wanted the players to do. He'll be a lock as our #4 center and will get occasional time on the upper lines, too. Hall is good at faceoffs and on the PK but he's had injuries and isn't getting younger. Guys like Tyrell or Wyman are younger and faster than him and could fill his spot. Pyatt got some time on the 2nd and 3rd line last season when Lecavalier, Malone and St. Louis went down with injuries and Moore and Downie were traded for draft picks but he should be a regular on the 4th and maybe 3rd line. Crombeen is also solid on the PK and brings in a much needed physical component. I'd be surprised if he would end up in the press box more often than on the ice. We also acquired Kyle Wilson from Nashville in the Lindback trade, who is on a one-way contract.

TL;DR: Thompson and Pyatt will be in the lineup 100 per cent. Hall, Wyman and Tyrell all fit the same mold more or less: Grinders, solid defensively who are welcome to score a little more. Hall has the edge in the faceoff circle, though. Crombeen adds toughness so my guess is he will be a regular on the 3rd or 4th line. I don't know enough about Wilson but I'm sure he was added in the deal for reason (and not just so Nashville could dump another contract).

As for the defensemen:
I think Brewer will focus more on the defensive side of the game now (no more PP time) while Carle will be our go-to guy offensively. Hedman and Salo will be the complementary two-way defensemen as both are capable to play solid defensively and offensively. Mikkelson and Lee are expected to form our bottom pairing, not more not less. MAB is pretty much expendable now with the additions of Carle and Salo who are solid offensively but much more reliable defensively. Aulie would have to pass through waivers so he'll probably stay with the team as the #7 or even #8 defenseman. As for Ohlund: It's still not clear if he will ever be able to play again (he hasn't skated for a long time now).

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