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11-13-2012, 01:13 PM
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Taylor Hall (C) - John Tavares - Nail Yakupov
Henrik Zetterberg - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Tomas Fleischmann - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky (A)
Ryan Smyth - Eric Belanger - David Clarkson

Ryan Jones

Mark Streit - Dan Boyle
Ladislav Smid (A) - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz

Ryan Whitney, Theo Peckham

Jonas Hiller
Devan Dubnyk

scoring line - John Tavares with two of the fastest, high-energy wingers in the game. With two very fast veteran defenders in Dan Boyle and Mark Streit making sure the puck gets to the offensive zone as fast as possible. All that speed to push the defenders back ought to give JT plenty of room to work with.

two-way line - With RNH and Eberle's combined hockey IQ, RNH shifty takeaways, and Eberle's stick work, the addition of Zetterberg-a veteran, two-way, former Conn Smyth winner-will make this line that much harder to play against. Zetterberg can take the physical play and can take faceoffs when RNH struggles. Bringing up the rear, a top 10 defender in the league, the always physical-Ladislav Smid (see GA/corsi ratings), will continue to anchor the Oilers defense with the young two-way defender Jeff Petry. This group will be tough to beat.

2nd scoring line - All three of these guys are very skilled with the puck. They can shoot or pass at any given time and playing with Justin Schultz (leading the AHL in scoring as a rookie) will give them another option in the offensive zone. Also, Nick Schultz is a very underrated shutdown defender who can clean up some the garbage coming the other way.

shut down line - Belanger, a somewhat underrated faceoff man, with two very chippy wingers in Smyth and Clarkson. Provided they have success with the dump and chase, these guys can wreak havoc in the crease as well.

nets - size vs. skill...Jonas Hiller is a very underrated goaltender. He has a very quick glove and is capable of stealing games he has no business stealing and dominating under high pressure (see Swiss vs. Canada). Dubnyk is a young positional goalie with enough size to get it done. He can easily win you games if you can score a few goals and can occasionally give the opponents absolutely nothing to shoot at for a full 60.

PP - Deadly. Each of RNH, Hemsky, and Schultz can essentially run a powerplay unit single handedly. Smyth or Clarkson can provide ample screens and garbage goals. Eberle and Hall are too tough to beat if you give them space, and Yakupov seems to be able to score from anywhere. Throw in Jon Tavares and Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Boyle for good measure.

PK - Zetterberg, Clarkson, Belanger, Smyth, N.Schultz, Petry, Smid, Streit/Boyle....should be ample for the PK.

Depth - Ryan Whitney is a very good defender, when healthy, and could realistically take a 4-6 spot or sub into the top pair if there is an injury or fatigue and Peckham is always an option if they need another goon on the ice. Jones could get a look for the 4th line, over Smyth, whereas Hartikainen, Paajarvi, Lander and Fedun and Teubert are available for call ups.

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