Always difficult to predict what will happen with prospects and free agents in 5 years, but if guys pan out and players stick around a line-up much like this would be wonderful. I have automatically ruled out any players that will be age 35 or older in 5 years time as well as the possibility of any player yet to be drafted being on the NHL roster.
NHL: Calgary Flames
Johnny Gaudreau - Mark Jankowski - Sven Baertschi
Mikael Backlund - Roman Cervenka - Jiri Hudler
Roman Horak - Max Reinhart - Greg Nemisz
Lance Bouma - Bill Arnold - Blake Comeau
Carter Bancks - Akim Aliu
Mark Giordano - Jay Bouwmeester
TJ Brodie - Chris Butler
Chris Breen - Patrick Seiloff
AHL: Abbotsford Heat
Markus Granlund - Future Pick - Paul Byron
Future Pick - Matt DeBlouw - Michael Ferland
Ryan Howse - Future Pick - Future Pick
Future Pick - Future Pick - Future Pick
David Eddy - Turner Elson
John Ramage - Brady Lamb
Tyler Wotherspoon - Ryan Culkin
Future Pick - Brett Kulak
Prospects that are 100% locks: Merrill, Matteau
Prospects that are looking good: Wedgewood, Gelinas, Urbom, Scarlett, Severson, Coleman, Kinkaid, Clermont, Burlon
Prospects that are low ceiling but "safe bets": Hoeffel, Pietila
Prospects that are hit-or-miss: Boucher, Johnson
That 2nd line will just open up the same controversy of being too small in the top six as we have today. I see 2 of those 3 on the 2nd to be traded and DD can't play shut down minutes
Yeah I know, but since we can't predict trades, I made a roster with the players who are currently on the team. But I think Plekanec is the odd man out and I'd want to trade him for a good top 6 winger.
Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher
Tim Bozon - Alex Galchenyuk - Steve Quailer
Danny Kristo - Lars Eller - Louis Leblanc
Gabriel Dumont - Michael Bournival - Ryan White
Not the biggest team but our top-9 up front has everything you need - tons of speed, two-way play, good skills and a couple of guys that will get dirty like Quailer, Pacioretty and Leblanc. Fourth line isnt the biggest but very intense, fast and smart, and White can mix it up quite a bit.
Defense should be good - Subban at this point could be a top-5 D league-wide. Gorges and Emelin should become very good and the three kids have great potential.
Carey Price should be able to backstop this team to the top of the N-E
I think Pavelski, Clowe, Murray, Niemi, Braun, and Havlat walk in free agency or are traded within the next two years. Boyle, Handzus retire. The Sharks trade Thornton to a contender to get him his Cup. Marleau sticks around, is still a quality 3rd liner at age 38. Couture/Burns/Vlasic will be under contract, Demers is worth keeping. Stalock is the starter of the future. Sharks tank in 2015 for McDavid after Thornton/Pavelski/Clowe/etc take off.
I only included prospects whom I've actually watched play, just to temper expectations. If Hertl is a winger in the NHL he could be a first liner. I see Tommy Wingels as having low-end 2nd line abilities. I love Nieto's speed, and that's a really, really solid 3rd line.
The defense was hard to piece together. I could see Schmaltz replacing Shattenkirk if we can't afford Shatty. I realize we got two righties on the top pairing there but we may not have a choice. Petro can play his off side.
-Stewart: He doesn't fit Hitchcock's system. We'll see if he adjusts. If he doesn't, he is gone.
-Steen: Could still have good legs but will be 32/33. I don't see Blues having the money for him.
-McDonald: Might be retired.
-Jackman: Ditto McDonald but I think he'll be latching on with a bad team.
-Elliott/Halak: Halak might remain if he is living up this potential but the Blues do have some decent prospects in net. That rarely works out for us, though.
-Matt D'Agostini: Eaten by a dinosaur at the Real Jurassic Park opening in 2015. RIP Matt.