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02-01-2013, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by henchman24 View Post
I'll agree injuries are not really an excuse. My reasoning is that having injuries tests your depth, and looking at our organization, we really lack depth. If Duchene or Stastny get hurt we are looking at a 20 year old rookie filling in a top 6 role. For wing replacements the best we have is a small tweener who is best in a 4th line role where he can play with reckless abandon. On defense we have a glut of bottom pairing defensemen, and a top pairing guy. Only two young guys (that are signed and able to be called up) have better than #5 potential.

Looking at this team it is obvious the strategy being used. Find a core at any cost, and then build around it. The core is a #1D, #1&2C, #1G. The core pieces have been found no matter if Stastny or ROR are the #2C. Now it is just a matter of assembling the right pieces to surround that talent. What has probably hurt that quest is what we had to give up to get EJ and Varly (Stewart, Shattenkirk, Liles, and a mid 1st round pick).
Yeah, I was going to say just this a while ago.

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