Let's Build Next Year's Team - First Pairing Right Defenseman
Im sorta ripping off flylines yearly prospect post, and kinda building a twist around it. Were going to vote on the lines for next year. Im going to go position by position, and were going to have a vote for every single player, even the more obvious choices till we fill out an entire roster.
The assumptions here are the team carrying 2 goalies, 1 backup defenseman, and 2 backup forwards. The first few obvious prospects will also be listed in every vote, along with an "other" option. This is if you feel another player not listed is a better choice than any of the other players.
The Roster As It Stands Now:
Markus Naslund (52.83%) - Scotty Gomez (91.67%) - Nikolai Zherdev (78.02%)
Nigel Dawes - Chris Drury (54.48%) - Petr Prucha (40.91%)
Dan Fritsche (45.21%) - Brandon Dubinsky (93.15%) - Ryan Callahan (63.08%)
Freddy Sjostrom (56.52%) - Blair Betts (94.92%) - Aaron Voros (42.71%)
Colton Orr (58.18%)
Patrick Rissmiller (60.66%)
Marc Staal(59.22%) - First Pairing Right Defenseman
Second Pairing Left Defenseman - Second Pairing Right Defenseman
Third Pairing Left Defenseman - Third Pairing Right Defenseman
I understand the argument about people wanting to keep the L/R shots balanced correctly between pairings, but what about offensive vs. defensive capabilities?
As I see it, Redden & Rozsival are both primarily offensive defensemen (though Redden is a good two-way guy, his best asset is his first pass), and Staal & Girardi are both defensive defensemen.
Does it really make sense to pair our two best offensive defensemen together on the 1st pair, and then our two best defensive defensemen together on the 2nd pair? That limits all the offensive abilities to the 1st pair while making them a liability in their own zone, and does the exact opposite to the 2nd pair.
Something tells me it's going to be Redden on the 1st pair, Rozsival on the 2nd, then Staal & Girardi split between the other two slots depending on who they play better with.