The main thing I have noticed this pre-season is the marked increase in organizational depth at all positions.
Now our team won't be confused with LA, or PHO, or MTL, but Sutter has taken a team with maybe the worst farm team in the league 3 or 4 years ago and built a solid staple of prospects at all positions.
Obviously some of the players in the system Darryl has inherited. However having inherited them he had the insight to keep them and cultivate them for 4 + years...
It would be interesting to dig up the team depth charts from 2002-2003, But I'm quite certain it would look much worse then this across the board.
-Kipper(2nd Round Pick)
-Curtis M, developed in house NHL backup
-Keetley, average to above average Goalie prospect
-Irving, depite an apparent loss in value Irving remains a high end goalie prospect
-Lalande, developing minor pro at the ECHL level
I agree, our depth is looking excellent...definately random on the bolding (Brodie not Pelech, Armstrong not Backlund). As has been mentioned many times on this board...sutter may not have drafted too many high-end "gems" but he unquestionably has done a good job of providing organizational depth.