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Ideal 2013-2014 Lineups
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06-11-2013, 08:32 PM
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I may be the only guy here who thinks that they shouldn't just put Alex Chiasson on the top line. Let him start off at 12-14 minutes a night and get his feet wet. I know they just threw him into it last season and it worked out well, I don't think that's a realistic expectation going forward.
My hope based on the current forwards:
Benn - Center - Eriksson
Cole - Center - Winger
Whitney - Eakin - Chiasson
Roussel - Fiddler - Smith
ex: Garbutt, MacDermid
I'm thinking the Stars should get the best linemates they can for Erik Cole to try and boost his value as much as possible for the trade deadline. After they dump Cole they can move Whitney and Chiasson up to the 2nd line if they like, and re-work the lines to get Eakin and Smith togather.
I think that the Fiddler line would actually be a decent depth scoring option for the Stars, much more effective than trying to use them as defensive stoppers anyway. Fiddler, Roussel, and Garbutt are great puck retrieval guys who will create a lot of space and chances for Reilly Smith, who needs to go back to basics before he can play any higher up the lineup.
Obviously there's a lot of holes in the top 6 as represented here, but Heika seems to think they'll be filling one of them with a trade involving a defenceman and from what Gonchar said in his interview the Stars are planning to make atleast a couple more additions. Like I said previously, one of the most important things is getting Erik Cole back on track so the Stars have the option of moving him for a good return at the deadline.
as for the defence, it's hard to speculate right now because it's so obvious that there are still major changes yet to come. I'd say pair Gonchar with Goligoski and give them the easy offensive zone starts to get the most out of their game, and keep Robidas with Dillon as the defensive horses. Whoever is still around out of Daley, Larsen, and Rome can combine with Jamie Oleksiak on the 3rd pairing (I'm thinking it will be Aaron Rome).
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