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Compare and Contrast Forwards in the NW

Here's my analysis of each teams forwards:

CALGARY:
Top Three: Iginla, Tanguay & ???
Secondary: Amonte, Huselius, can anyone else score?
Speed: Decent
Toughness: Definitely tough
Forecheck: They bang pretty hard, Sutter demands it
Defense: They're very solid, Sutter demands it. Yelle is their shutdown man and he's great.
Intangibles: They rely on Iginla far too much. At least Iginla isn't alone -- Tanguay will take a little pressure of Jerome, but they still have so little scoring. Their defense first mentality could hurt them this year. As a Wild fan, here's hoping ...

COLORADO
Top Three:
Sakic, Hedjuk, Svatos
Secondary: Brunette, Konowalchuk, Wolski
Speed: Decent to pretty quick
Toughness: Not so much except for Konowalchuk
Forecheck: Decent but probably better on the fast break
Defense: Decent but not particularly stingey
Intangibles: As per usual, they will rely on Sakic's line and hope. They seem pretty thin at right wing.

EDMONTON
Top Three:
Smyth, Hemsky, Horcoff
Secondary: Pisani, Lupul, Stoll
Speed: Fast
Toughness: pretty tough, they have to compete with Calgary after all
Forecheck: pretty good, pretty oppressive
Defense: solid, but you could argue Pronger held it all together and how much will they miss Peca defensively? Who will replace Peca?
Intangibles: how much will Pronger's puck-moving ability, shot from the point and presence affect the forward's production?

MINNESOTA
Top Three:
Demitra, Gaborik, Rolston
Secondary: Bouchard, Parrish and ???
Speed: Yikes! Fastest
Toughness: Yikes! Aside from Boogaard, we're kinda sissy. Thank God we've got the Boogieman.
Forecheck: Our team speed will make it pretty good
Defense: Lemaire demands defensive responsibility, we're stingey and Wes Walz is our shutdown man.
Intangibles: The top three will produce, but who will be the secondary scorers? Bouchard should approach PPG and make it a top-scoring foursome, Parrish will bag plenty from 6" to 3'. Will Voloshenko score in the NHL? Will White approach 50 points for the season?

VANCOUVER
Top Three:
Naslund, Morrison and ??
Secondary: The Sedin Sisters
Speed: Pretty quick
Toughness: Tough or dirty?
Forecheck: Depends upon who joins with the Sisters and who partners Naslund.
Defense: They've never bothered in the past, why would they now? Maybe a new coach might help.
Intangibles: The Fat Pig is gone. The Hair is no longer the coach. Carter with his awesomest dreds in the league is gone. Who will be on the top line with Naslund? Who will play with the Sisters? What kind of team will they be now?

Well ... there you have it.

Talk amongst yourselves ...

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