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Originally Posted by nyrangers1472 View Post
What's the projected roster looking like for the Wolf Pack next season?

A. LEFT WINGS

The left wings look really good. Bourque proved himself capable of playing on the first line in the LW and Hrivik is definitely a top-6 LW in the AHL. McCarthy was terrific in college and generally those who get over a point per game in college (and have decent size) can play quality AHL hockey. Yogan is the team's 4th LW. He was sent down to the ECHL towards the end of the season, but he was decent in the AHL for most of the year. Good size, solid speed, decent shot. He'll take a step forward next season and will be a very good AHLer.


B. RIGHT WINGS

Another strong position. Haggerty or Fast will be in Hartford, though one is likely to make the Rangers. Kristo is also a good AHL right winger and this being his second year, hopefully he'll take a significant step forward. Kantor was a good 4th line spark plug player last season and hopefully can do more this year. Najezchleb is likely to make the team and Nicholls too will make a bid.


C. CENTERS

Position of weakness. We only have Lindberg and St. Croix, who was in the ECHL last season, and though I hope he can prove himself in the AHL next season, it is not a given. They need to bring in someone like Newbury to run the offense. They will also need to bring in a few depth AHLers on a non-NHL contract. Maybe Kyle Jean will accept an AHL deal. They'd need to get a couple of players like him.


D. DEFENSE

Lots of youth, not much on experience. Allen or McIlrath will remain with the team, though one of them will make the Rangers. One of Donnay or Noreau is likely to make the AHL with the other going back to the ECHL. Bodie will play in Hartford and so will likely Zamorsky. Hughes will return as a top-4 AHLer. This squad will need the help of a veteran defenseman with NHL experience. Maybe Aaron Johnson will return.


E. GOALIES

Mackenzie Skapski will be given a chance to make the team, but there is a desperate need to bring in someone like Dov Grumet-Morris or David LeNeveu. This team will again collapse without goaltending.


F. DEPTH

AHL teams need twice as much depth as NHL because NHL teams do not send their players up whem someone in another league needs help. Every time the Rangers recall someone from Hartford, a hole opens up, so Ranger injuries effect Hartford depth, plus the Pack get their own injuries.

This team will need to some players like Brandon Segal and Tommy Grant on the wing plus a few lesser players who are borderline AHL/ECHL. The center spot is rough so at a minimum, they would need to sign a star AHL center (like Newbury) and another solid AHL center (like Tessier) plus a couple of borderline AHL/ECHL centers. I would actually sign 3 quality AHL centers, at least one on a two-way NHL deal. This way if St. Croix screws up or Lindberg gets recalled, the team can still function.

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