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11-07-2012, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by ECWHSWI View Post
our top 6 D included guys like Gill, Hamrlik, Wisniewski, Sopel and Spacek...

we also had Cammy, Pouliot, Halpern, Kostitsyn and Pyatt at forward...

more or less half the team... so, how similar is it really ?
I think the major difference is on defense.

The 2010-2011 team had five top-4 dmen: Markov, Gorges, Hamrlik, Subban, Wisniewski. It could take in two injuries and be ok. Note that at two injuries, the Wisniewski acquisition was essential to prevent total collapse.

The 2011-2012-2013 team has three top-4 dmen: Markov, Gorges, Subban. The team's D looks passable if you make the irrational "zero injuries" approximation, but it faces a catastrophic collapse if there is even a single injury, which is a vastly more likely outcome.

I think that the replacements of:
Gill+Spacek with Bouillon+Kaberle
Cammalleri+Kostitsyn with Cole+Bourque
Halpern with Nokelainen
Pouliot, Pyatt, Darche with Prust, Armstrong, Leblanc
are approximately lateral changes. But I could be wrong.

All of this to say, the Habs would benefit from a 40 game season. We can:

- run experiments with Eller and Desharnais to better inform future decisions down the middle;
- give 9 games to Galchenyuk and a few games each to Tinordi, Beaulieu, Ellis, etc to increase their hunger for their eventual NHL careers;
- test the trade market for Plekanec, Cole, Gionta, Markov, Kaberle, etc and learn if there are any offers too good to refuse;
- draft in the top-10 again and possibly the top-5. Erne would be great, Barkov would be better.

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