The Datsyuk line doesnt have a) anyone who shoots and b) right hand shot
True, but who belongs there instead? It isn't Samuelsson, that's for sure - although he could end up there anyway. I'd like it to be Semin, but I don't see that happening. I just don't see anyone else who is a good fit there, and those 3 played well as a line last year.
And it won't be any of Tootoo/Eaves/Mursak either.
The question to ask is who in GR loses their waiver exempt status after this year. The answer to that question will go a long way to answering the quiestion in the OP. I used to keep up w these things more, but dropped the ball lately.
I see a top 5 of Z, Dats, Brunner, Flip, and Franzen
Bottom 6 include Helm, Gator, and I'd say Tootoo is making a case to get re-signed.
That leaves 4 dressed spots needing to be filled. I know there's more players signed, but we've got those two buyouts available. Though Holland is probably too loyal to use 'em, they're currently still in play. If I can find the answer to my question, I'll continue this analysis later.
I wonder if we can convert Tootoo into something like Clarkson? Former enforcer hitter type that scores
It doesn't seem like they plan on giving him any sort of offensive minutes on this club. Truth to the matter though is that he scored 30 points last year and has scored at about a similar pace(but in less games) to Abdelkader over the last couple of seasons. The guy wouldn't exactly make a fool of himself on the third line.
Originally Posted by VladTheImpaler
I would't mind if our "for sure" 2013-2014 line-up heading into the off-season to look something like this:
Franzen - Z - Nose
Flip - Datsyuk - Bert
Tatar - Helm - Nyquist
Abby - Sheahan - Tootoo
Kronner - Ericsson
Smith - White
? - ?
*maybe* keep Kindle depending on how he plays out the rest of the year.
Love the forward lines. I'd switch Bert and Nyquist though, feel like that third line would be a little too easy to play against otherwise. I think those four D's are the keepers too. If we could find a top pairing and top four guy on top of them we'd start to look pretty good.