Please remember that at the begining of the traning camp, some of you was telling that Rib will spend the season in Hamilton, that Komisarek will take Quintal place in the lineup, Higgins will be the second line forward, Ryder was not even on the map, Souray was a big question mark but everybody was wishing he could bring is bruising game for us, that Hainsey will outshot Bouillon by a mile and Dagenais was sign for spot filling in Hamilton...
As for today, Jan. 19th:
Ribeiro is 26th in the NHL pts leader and first on the team.
Ryder is a fixture on the first line.
Dagenais score 10 goal, 6 assist in 24 game.
Audette is in Florida.
Hainsey is getting use to is appartement in Hamilton.
Komisarek play for the big team as a 6th dman and he is still learning the game.
Quintal is still a really good defensive dman for us.
And Souray is the best goal scoring dman of the league.
Go figure, nothing pan out the way you think in hockey. We have a bunch of good prospect and the time will tell if some of them will pan out. Sometime kid that have no chance whatsoever end up in the big league and some first round pick end up in the minor.
Oh yeah, I forgot Hossa in Hamilton also, Bouillon play 24 min agains the Rags and keep Kovalchuk at bay the other day. Everybody is grinding their theet to see Begin back as soon as he can, Ward is playing a hell of a two way game for us and we have a real enforcer now.
Do you really want me to go on? So please stop the fantasy lineup OK.
Last edited by Bob Bastards: 01-19-2004 at 12:13 PM.
I think we're getting a little ahead of ourselves.
Firstly, not every prospect will pan out. There are no 'sure bet' top six forwards among the team's prospects.
Secondly, by the time some of the prospects pan out (should they reach their potential), it's conceivable that some of the current core may begin to suffer some major injuries that hinder their career, or they have a falling out with management, or they become UFAs and sign elsewhere.
Lastly, on the average team you have two scoring lines, one checking line, and one energy line. In an ideal world where the Habs manage to keep their core intact, and see some of their prospects develop properly, the team could roll three two-way lines and one checking line. This is quite common among the better teams in the league (Detroit in the past, Ottawa, Toronto when healthy, etcetera.)
There is no problems in terms of "too much" depth. I'd say the only prospects that Montreal has among their forwards that are sure fire NHLers are Plekanec and Higgins, and neither are sure fire top six forwards.
Let's not count are chickens before they hatch. If at some point in the future we find we have too many good prospects that need to play at the NHL level, we will have one of the sweetest problems we could possibly have.
There is always a solution to every problem. If we have at some point too many scoring forwards, and/or too many good defensemen, we could always trade for high draft picks and solidfy the future even futher (ala Sam Pollack).
Trust me, this is the least of managements worries.
Hmm... were do you see that. Itsvan asked what would the management do if most of our prospect pan out. I made a lineup based on our prospects depth chart. This is not supposed to be the Habs 2005-06 lineup or anything. And as I typed, IF most of them pan out this WOULD be a good problem. Also it would give BG the options to make trades. I'm not assuming anything else.