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02-12-2013, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by dahrougem2 View Post
You got me there

I guess my point is that I feel like this team has enough offense when healthy (which seems to be extremely difficult), I'm not a fan of drafting MacKinnon or Drouin or Barkov if we don't need them. We've got Duchene, Landeskog, O'Reilly (hopefully), Parenteau, McGinn, Downie, I think that's a sufficient top 6 if they would just be given freedom from Sacco to get a little creative and not be forced to dump and chase all the time.

The proposal I made, you made excellent points about Phaneuf, and my mind-set is that I would do Stastny + top 5 pick for two top four defenseman and a forward with some skill. So instead of Toronto, say something like Kulikov, Gudbranson and Matthias from Florida, or McDonagh, Del Zotto and Hagelin/Kreider from the Rangers, etc, something along those lines
I'd look again if I were you. We need high-skill forwards. What you saw following the deadline last season when guys like Downie and McGinn were seemingly finding the back of the net at will was a fluke, and it won't happen again. Yes, McGinn's run of bad luck thus far should improve if averages and shooting %'s level out over time, but it's highly unlikely we'll see that sort of production from those types of forwards on a consistent basis. We've seen it before when key players suddenly have high shooting percentages that are entirely unsustainable (remember T.J. Galiardi?). Once those players come back to earth, the offense suddenly dries up.

Yeah, right now, skill on the blueline is our most immediate need, but skilled scoring forwards are nowhere to be found in the system. We have Joey Hishon, who may never see a game in the NHL, and a bunch of nice two-way forwards and grinders to go along with some nice goaltending and defensive depth. Scoring wingers are a DIRE organizational need, otherwise we'll be the next Coyotes/Predators, a team that boasts plenty of speed and grit up front, some great talent on the blueline, but no elite finishers whatsoever. It's the difference between a playoff team and a true contender.

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