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Official 2014 NHL Draft Discussion, Suck for Sam or Play Bad For Ekblad?
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01-10-2014, 10:13 AM
Two Pucks, One Cup
Join Date: Dec 2005
Team USA used to be known for their power forwards. The 1996 team who upset Canada in Canada was full of elite power forwards/centers -- Leclair, Guerin, Tkachuk, Roenick, Modano, Deadmarsh -- these guys pulverized people.
The Rangers' best hitter is Callahan, with Kreider and Miller getting there. Team USA for 2014 has backes, Brown, Pacioretty and Wheeler but the rest are skill guys.
The Rangers should follow the Bruins blueprint. Their blueline was always massive and hit hard in open ice. Ference, Boychuk, McQuaid, Chara...
Staal was a very good open ice hitter before the concussion. Girardi never was. neither is Del Zotto. McDonagh is still developing. Moore and Stralman avoid contact altogether. They need a guy like Orpik or Foote or Hatcher or Jackman who will make people pay for cutting through the zone.
Hopefully McIlrath is still salvageable, because he'd be perfect in that role.
Use the 1st pick for size and toughness up front. Use the second pick for size and toughness on the back end. Use the 2014 draft for need and if they are sellers at the deadline get as many 2015 picks as possible.
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