What do you guys think we need to add to this team through the draft/free agency?
I want to see us draft some big offensive centers, or get one through free agency.
- Players who can play in traffic.
- Players willing to go to the net.
- Players who know how to screen the goalie.
- Players that will sacrifice their bodies to make a play.
- Players with accuracy in their shots.
- Players who can adjust and not consistently shoot an area that has been the strong point of the goalie all series long.
Add your desires.
especially liked this line... Danny Briere anyone?
I agree with this, and I posted it once before . Skill does OK in the regular season but in the playoffs it's heart and grit(which Canadians are well known for). The top 8 Philly forwards and Canadian and if Gagne was playing it would be 9. Habs have one in the top 6 rest are Euro's. I think with experience and next season the Kosty's can play a tougher style but guys like Kovy/Pleks won't go anywhere near the corners or throw a bodycheck.
Who is the one in the top six? Higgins is American.
He will learn; I can see him being the next Patrik Elias. Kostitsyn has a very high ceiling. But he has to get more involved with the whole team. Richards and Carter quickly established themselves as the core. Thats why they are dominating right now. Once Andrei and Sergei hang out more with Higgins, Price, Komisarek, and Gorges; they will be more effective 5 vs 5 with the rest of the team.
Andrei Kostitsyn - Tomas Plekanec - Alex Kovalev
x - Saku Koivu - Sergei Kostitsyn
Chris Higgins - Kyle Chipchura - Guillaume Latendresse
Steve Begin - Maxim Lapierre - Tom Kostopoulos
Andrei Markov - Mike Komisarek
Roman Hamrlik - Ryan O'Byrne
Josh Gorges - Francis Bouillon
- One impact forward. Not necessarily a star player but someone you can put on any lines and you know he'll do the work. A solid two-way guy, big body who can chip in 20 goals and is a playoff warrior would be nice. RJ Umberger/Mike Knuble-style. Could play with Koivu and we could have three great scoring lines.
- Depth forward and dman. Someone with a lot of cup experience that you know can do a solid work defensively. No need to throw the bank at a 13th forward or 7th defenceman since we have a lot of quality kids in Hamilton.
Max Pacioretty - Ben Maxwell - Matt D'Agostini
Brock Trotter - David Desharnais - James Wyman
Greg Stewart - Ryan White - Thomas Beauregard
Olivier Latendresse - Mathieu Aubin - Jimmy Bonneau
Pavel Valentenko - Mathieu Carle
Marvin Degon - Yan Weber
Cam Cepek - Conrad Martin
- Bring in some solid veterans on the blueline and one good vet in net. The forwards are extremely un-experienced but very talentend. A vet coud be needed in there.