Thread: Value of: Marian Gaborik at 2013 Draft
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11-25-2012, 10:56 PM
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Kris Chreider
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Originally Posted by NHL1674 View Post
Nope. He wouldn't make them a Cup contender. Why? Because this team has more work to do on its blueline. Could they make the playoffs with their current defense? Possibly. Could they be a Cup contender with that blueline (even with Gabby?) No freaking way. It was pitiful last year, and even though we've got Suter on board, it's still a major work in progress.

And I would take Bouchard out of the equation, because he is one hit away from retirement. He's one of the biggest question marks on this team, and chances are the only way he stays next year is if he signs a 1-year deal for very cheap.
Washington has Mike Green out for half the year most seasons, so his insane PPG isn't usually displayed. Their defense isn't that different from ours, if slightly stronger. Parise and Ovechkin both got 65 points last year and Parise has the much better two-way game. I do think that Washington's contending days are soon to be over though.

For comparison:
MIN
Parise-Koivu-Heatley
Bouchard-Granlund-Setoguchi
Zucker-Cullen-Coyle
Konopka-Brodziak-Mitchell

Suter-Gilbert
Scandella-Spurgeon
Falk-Stoner
Prosser

Backstrom
Harding
Hackett

WSH
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wolski
Johannson-Ribeiro-Brouwer
Ward-Laich-Hendricks
Chimera-Perrault-Beagle

Alzner-Carlson
Hamrlik-Green
Schultz-Erskine
Hillen

Holtby
Neuvirth

We have slightly more depth up front but Washington has only a slightly stronger defense. Holtby is also unproven as a regular season starter.

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