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01-23-2013, 01:29 PM
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For me it's very simple and it was plain to see in the last two games. Against teams that forecheck hard, we've got very little. Against teams that sit back and let us dictate, we can run them over. Our D is just too soft and not physical for them to play the crash and bang game in our own end to retrieve the puck. We need to address this.

So where does this place us in the East? This is very raw but:

Teams that should generally beat us based on their size or whose games don't suit us-
Pittsburgh, Rangers, Flyers, Devils, Sabres and Capitals.

Teams that we either play well against or it's a toss up-
Hurricanes, Senators (rivalry), Leafs (rivalry), Islanders, Bruins (rivalry), Lightning, Jets and Panthers.

There are three teams here that are better than us, but through rivalries alone give us a chance. Generally they should be ahead of us.

That puts us 10th.

In my opinion, we'll be fighting with the Hurricanes, Islanders, Lightning, Jets and Panthers.

The Hurricanes acquired Jordan Staal. They'll be better.
The Lightning have superstars in Stamkos and St. Louis.
Florida made the playoffs last year.
We're missing PK but have Price. Galchenyuk's in his first year.

By this comparison alone, I'd say we're in the 13th - 15th range based on our weakest link- our defense.

Jones will likely be gone so it looks like we'll be adding a top 6 forward to our group. Hopefully it's one with some size so we'll be built for the future.

In terms of our depth chart including young players:
LW - Pacioretty, Desharnais, Bozon, Hudon.
RW - Gallagher, Collberg, Leblanc, Kristo.
C - Galchenyuk, Eller, Vail.
D - Subban, Tinordi, Beaulieu, Ellis, Thrower, Dietz.
G - Price, ?

Those in bold are already, or should be shortly full-time, with the big club. In my opinion, our glaring need is still an elite center. With this in mind, we should be focusing our attention on MacKinnon, Monahan, Barkov or Lindholm. A 13-15th finish in the East should give us a top 5 pick. We can focus on G and LW in the 2nd round.

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