I don't think Bryz will be making Sochi for Russia. He hasn't been bad this tournament but he hasn't been earth shattering neither. I believe most seem to think Valry already has the inside track for the starting role.
It's been reported in Russian media that Varlamov is locked in for Sochi; Bryz is auditioning for another spot.
Voracek looked almost like the Voranotbeast from the beginning of this season at the WC.. It seems like he puts himself under pressure way too easily and doesn't play good at all when he tries too hard.. Oh well
I just feel like he'll be the next Randy Jones for us before his terrible contract. I like his game but I think his ceiling is a 5th or 6th defensemen with second unit pp time. That's not bad at all considering he was a college free agent.
I don't see how you can look at...
1) His play against Pittsburgh in the playoffs
2) His play to close out this season
3) His play in the World Championships
4) His domination of and consistent development in the AHL
and still claim that people are getting "too excited" over Gus. I think he can step in and be a top 4 defenseman next year; at the very least a replacement for Carle.
I do however think we can find a better PMD with our 11th via trade to bump him down to 5/6 with Grossmann.
Gustafsson is playing well. He may never be Timonen, but I think he can be a top 4 PMD in this league. People counting him out are doing so just out of spite.
Unlike Ristolainen who has been playing in a men's league, I don't think Nurse will be ready to play in the NHL this upcoming season. I guess Coburn doesn't belong on the third pair, but Ristolainen would be better off pared with his fellow Finn rather than Mr. Inconsistent.
I wouldn't expect them to if they were at draft positions 2 thru 9. But at 11 a defender is much more likely to be BPA.
That's according public scouting lists. I'm sure the Flyers board along with other teams look way different than them. They might take a defender, they might not. It all hinges on who's available at the pick and who's on their board.
That looks better. Our top minute-eating defenseman (Coburn) is not being relegated to the third pair with Grossmann.
That's how I'd sort the defenseman, too, except that I'd rather not start any defenseman drafted this year. Is that self-contradictory?
Timonen - Schenn works well, and the two G's as the bottom pairing would be good for continuing with Gustafsson's development. I'm torn on how to best pair up Coburn: as inconsistent as he is, I can see him doing well with a primary puck-mover / offensive type Dman (like Ristolainen) or another well-rounded (at his best) defender like Nurse. However, slotting either of them as top 4 in the coming season is risky (at best).
As much of an advocate of dealing Meszaros for cap relief, if he is still a Flyer he would be the least risky option to pair with Coburn, at least to start the season and get the team through the 4-6 games before he comes down with an injury.
Last edited by BernieParent: 05-16-2013 at 12:06 PM.