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02-21-2013, 12:34 AM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Espoo, Finland
We need to combine Finland and Minnesota and create an NHL team from there.
Our weakness is D, so I don't think any Finn (maybe apart from Timonen) is going to make the roster. Otherwise, I'd lay it out like this:
Zach Parise-Mikko Koivu-Teemu Selänne
Peter Mueller-David Backes-T.J. Oshie
Matt Cullen-Saku Koivu-Tuomo Ruutu
Ryan Carter-Derek Stepan-Kyle Okposo
Extras/HM: Olli Jokinen, Ville Leino, Leo Komarov
Case can be made for OJ over Saku, but with his hot start in Anaheim, I couldn't justify leaving him out and I never liked Olli that much at all. Probably forgot someone there and I'm not sure if Stepan works as a 4th line center or not.
Ryan McDonagh-Dustin Byfuglien
Paul Martin-Erik Johnson
Kimmo Timonen - Tom Gilbert
Extras/HM: Alex Goligoski, Justin Faulk, Nick Leddy, Matt Niskanen, Sami Salo
Swapped Goli and Faulk out of the roster in favor of Timonen and Gilbert. Those two could be lethal together, and it brings some veteran experience to the line-up as well. Otherwise, not many Finnish contributions to the D, showcasing the sad state of our defense.
Extras/HM: Niklas Bäckström, Tuukka Rask, Miikka Kiprusoff, Antti Niemi
Aaaand this is where we would kiss goodbye to the salary cap and just run with it. Goalie depth really shouldn't be an issue.
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