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07-03-2013, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Beacon View Post
Last July, I was writing repeatedly on this forum about our lack of depth. I don't feel the same anymore.

For one, we added a quality depth forward (Door) when we exchanged Brass for Gabby.

Two, the addition of Powe as a depth guy will be useful.

Three, I think a couple of our rookies (most likely Miller and Kreider, but could be Lindberg, Fast, Crisco or Hrivik) make it as solid NHLers this year. That will add two more players who can play without us having to call up guys like Segal.

Stepan, Brassard, Richards, Callahan, Nash, Hagelin, and MZA

MZA - Step - Nash
Hags - Brass - Cally
Kreider - Brad - Miller
Asham - Boyle - Dorsett
Haley - Powe - Pyatt

That's a quality lineup with good depth.
There are a lot of what ifs here.

1) Zuccarello is now a top 3 forward? He still hasn't played a full season's worth of NHL games. And while he was better than I thought he would be last year, I'm still not sold. His offensive creativity was a welcome addition because the team was by and large devoid of it. Is that more about the team or about Zuccarello?

2) We all love Hagelin but is he really a top 6 forward? Yes he can do it. But on a top team he's a perfect and excellent third liner. His career stats are what you want from a top 6 winger in a season.

3) The third line has some offensive potential but looks to be pretty bad defensively.

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