Around the NHL (Part XLIII)
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02-26-2013, 01:21 PM
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This is a very good post and I agree with the overall majority of your points. However, I would tweak it a bit in saying the following:
-our defense while good still needs a big, physical crease clearing guy.
-while ROR, D-Step and Miller would be a solid group of centers, we still need a legit #1 center(Getzlaf-?) with size.
I'm with you though on getting rid of Richards(compliance buyout-?) and
I feel McIlrath will be that big, physical defenseman we need. He's playing well in Hartford.
I don't think we need a true 'elite' type of center. Just a group of guys that get the job done. O'Reilly and Stepan are legit #1-#2 centers right now, by their mid-20's they'll be regarded highly. Don't want another long contract UFA, Getzlaf has had injuries in his past. I'd rather the team be about the team, not about the individual.
Jonathan Toews isn't a 100 point or even 90 point player. He's on average in the high 60s. One time past that.
O'Reilly and Stepan have that kind of upside as far as point production goes. 60+ points. And they are two way forwards that play in all situations. PK, PP, 5v5...
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