Around the NHL (Part XLIII)
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02-26-2013, 01:29 PM
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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...
Who on the Bruins would anyone consider an elite forward? Bergeron? Not really. Seguin? No. Lucic? No.
They have a crazy amount of good depth. Great defense and good goaltending. The Rangers are attempting to build the same thing. It's obvious. The Gaborik's and Richards' of the world don't really fit that mold. ROR? Yes. Getzlaf? Yes.
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