Jim Robson Division Quarterfinals: Inglewood Jacks (1) vs. Montreal Maroons (8)
Coach: Jacques Demers
Assistant: Rudy Pilous
Frank Mahovlich - Frank Nighbor - Babe Dye
Doug Bentley - Vladimir Petrov - Danny Gare
Alf Smith - Bobby Holik - Floyd Curry
Eddie Shack - Ken Linseman - Wilf Paiement
Extra: Brian Rolston - Pierre Turgeon - Tony Granato
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin
Doug Harvey - Jimmy Watson
Babe Siebert - Jim Schoenfeld
Jack Laviolette - Goldie Prodger
Extra: Yuri Fedorov - Jay Bouwmeester
Extra: Olaf Kolzig
Head Coach: Frank Boucher
Assistant Coach: Jaroslav Pitner
Ted Lindsay - Bill Cowley - Bernie Geoffrion
Wayne Cashman - Marty Barry - Lanny McDonald
Louis Berlinguette - Butch Goring - Stan Smyl
Valeri Kamensky - Craig MacTavish - Bengt-Åke Gustafsson
Geoff Courtnall - Don Lever - Carson Cooper
Jack Stewart - Stefan Persson
Joe Hall - Vladimir Lutchenko
Harry Mummery - Frantisek Tikal
Lee Fogolin Sr. - Lee Fogolin Jr.
Kenny Jonsson - Reg Hamilton
Chaos, if you have any changes to add, let me know.
I like my team's chances in this matchup (don't we all though). Lindsay-Cowley-Geoffrion is a fantastic line, one of the very best in the draft. But Mahovlich-Nighbor-Dye isn't far off, and I think my team compares very favourably both offensively and defensively from thereon out.
What I really like about my team this go around is that there's no line that's a defensive liability, which is an issue I've run into in other drafts. I feel confident with any of my lines and defensive pairings out there at any time.
Definitely considering switching McDonald and Geoffrion. The first line as it stands, is in my opinion, the best in the draft. Ted Lindsay and Bernie Geoffrion are self explanatory. Bill Cowley was an incredible playmaker and really will suit both of these guys well.
The second line features Mr. Corner..Cashman, another slick playmaker in Barry and the goal-scoring, hard-working and hard-hitting Lanny McDonald.
Switching Berlinguette and Courtnall for sure. Berlinguette will add more defensive presence to Goring and Smyl..who both can put some points up too.
Swapped Kamensky and Courtnall for ya. A pretty astute move, I would say.
With barely any commentary in our series, I guess I might as well go to bat for my team. Here's some advantages I think my team has in this series:
-On the back end, Doug Harvey is clearly the best defenseman (and IMO the best player) in this series. We all know about his ability to put up points, and with the puck on his stick he controls the pace of the game better than anyone not named Orr. Being paired with a mobile stay-at-home defender like Watson will give Harvey the ability to play his game, while simultaneously making one of the better shut-down pairings in the draft. I think this pairing is a gigantic step up from Stewart-Persson on the other side, and may be the biggest advantage either team has at any specific position. Stewart a #1, but I think Persson is entirely miscast in this role. He was a #3/4 defender and PP specialist in his actual NHL career, and now he's being asked to play on the top pairing in an ATD context. I think that's asking for trouble, and I think a guy like Mahovlich will eat him up when the opportunity presents itself.
I've gotta run, but I'll try to add more later on today.