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Organization Report

This is the second time I give this thread a go, and I hope to keep it more updated than last year's thread. I'm also looking for a catchier title, so if anyone has a better idea, I'd welcome it.

What I Want
1) Envisioned Roster for your team, including probable line combinations. If you could include the scratches and top call-ups that would be wonderful

2) A minor description of the major players on your team, basically explaining what makes them so valuable.

3) Your team's wants

4) Your team's surplus
4b) A list of potential pieces that you could see being trade bait, either to buy or to sell.

5) A list of your organization's top prospects, preferably with a small description for each one. Especially helpful would include ETA.

6) Strengths of your organization

7) Organizational Weaknesses

8) The draft picks your team has for the next two drafts. ('13 and '14)

9) A small report on the spending situation of your team, whether it's due to the cap or an internal cap.

10) And finally, a somewhat unbiased prediction of how your team's season will go.

The Format
Some of the difficulties I ran into last year was having to combine multiple reports into one and all were in different formats. I'm hoping that this will give you something to start off of, but if you prefer not to use it, that is okay.

1) Starting Line-up
Player - Player - Player (x4)

Player - Player (x3)

Player (x2)

Top Call-ups
Player, Position

2) Description
Player Name: Description

3) Wants
a)
b)
c)

4) Surplus
a)
b)
c)

Trade Bait
a)
b)
c)

5) Prospects
1. Player Name, Position, ETA
Description
2. Player Name, Position, ETA
Description

6) Strengths
a)
b)
c)

7) Weaknesses
a)
b)
c)

8) Draft Picks
2013:
2014:

9) Cap Situation

10) Season Projection


Hopefully this becomes a resource to better understand opponents, to learn about each organization, and to better trade proposals. Thank you all for your help!

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Western Conference
Pacific

1) Starting Line-up

Top Call-ups

2) Description

3) Wants
a)
b)
c)

4) Surplus
a)
b)
c)

Trade Bait
a)
b)
c)

5) Prospects

6) Strengths
a)
b)
c)

7) Weaknesses
a)
b)
c)

8) Draft Picks
2013:
2014:

9) Cap Situation

10) Season Projection


1) Starting Line-up

Top Call-ups

2) Description

3) Wants
a)
b)
c)

4) Surplus
a)
b)
c)

Trade Bait
a)
b)
c)

5) Prospects

6) Strengths
a)
b)
c)

7) Weaknesses
a)
b)
c)

8) Draft Picks
2013:
2014:

9) Cap Situation

10) Season Projection


1) Starting Line-up

Top Call-ups

2) Description

3) Wants
a)
b)
c)

4) Surplus
a)
b)
c)

Trade Bait
a)
b)
c)

5) Prospects

6) Strengths
a)
b)
c)

7) Weaknesses
a)
b)
c)

8) Draft Picks
2013:
2014:

9) Cap Situation

10) Season Projection


1) Starting Line-up

Top Call-ups

2) Description

3) Wants
a)
b)
c)

4) Surplus
a)
b)
c)

Trade Bait
a)
b)
c)

5) Prospects

6) Strengths
a)
b)
c)

7) Weaknesses
a)
b)
c)

8) Draft Picks
2013:
2014:

9) Cap Situation

10) Season Projection


1) Starting Line-up

Top Call-ups

2) Description

3) Wants
a)
b)
c)

4) Surplus
a)
b)
c)

Trade Bait
a)
b)
c)

5) Prospects

6) Strengths
a)
b)
c)

7) Weaknesses
a)
b)
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8) Draft Picks
2013:
2014:

9) Cap Situation

10) Season Projection

Central

1) Starting Line-up

Top Call-ups

2) Description

3) Wants
a)
b)
c)

4) Surplus
a)
b)
c)

Trade Bait
a)
b)
c)

5) Prospects

6) Strengths
a)
b)
c)

7) Weaknesses
a)
b)
c)

8) Draft Picks
2013:
2014:

9) Cap Situation

10) Season Projection


1) Starting Line-up
Brandon Dubinsky - Artem Anisimov - Vinny Prospal
RJ Umberger - Derrick Brassard - Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno - Ryan Johansen - Mark Letestu
Matt Calvert - Derek MacKenzie - Derek Dorsett
Colton Gillies, Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin - Nikita Nikitin
Jack Johnson - James Wisniewski
Ryan Murray - Adrian Aucoin
John Moore

Sergei Bobrovsky
Steve Mason

Top Call-ups
Cody Bass (C/LW/RW)
Ryan Russell (LW/C)
Michael Chaput (C)
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (RW)
Tim Erixon (D)
David Savard (D)
Dalton Prout (D)
Allen York (G)

2) Description
Jack Johnson ("JMFJ") - Top quality offensive defenseman. Odds-on favorite for the captaincy. Was a plus player last year paired with Wisniewski, if you can believe it. He runs the power play along with Wisniewski, and the two of them are well on their way to running the team as well.
Fedor Tyutin and Nikita Nikitin - Really have to be introduced together. Last year they combined to form one of the best top defense pairings in the NHL - no, really. Both are good-sized underrated all-around two-way defensemen; Tyutin is also a decent passer and Nikitin can be a triggerman on the power play.
Cam Atkinson - 5'7" ridiculously nimble Hobey Baker finalist, back-to-back 30-goal scorer at Boston College, was leading the AHL in goals when he was called up, scored five goals in the last two games of the season (including his first NHL hat trick). We expect Great Things. (But not too great.)
Vinny Prospal - One of our best all-around forwards and a heck of a leader; when his playing career ends he intends to join the front office here (and has an agreement with said office to keep signing one-year contracts each year 'till that day).
Derick Brassard - Our best playmaking center until such time as Johansen gets used to the NHL game; brilliant passer, but occasionally seems to focus more on getting it to whatever guy catches his interest rather than whatever guy is in the best position to score. Which can confuse the opposition, but that's not always helpful.
Derek Dorsett - Has gone from being just "tough" to "tough to play against"; was arguably our best own-zone forward last year and among the better ones in the league, and also found time to score 12 goals and take the league lead in PIMs. Vicious little guy.
Artem Anisimov - Likely to be one of our top-6 centers; we're hoping that he'll find more offense with more minutes.
Brandon Dubinsky - Supposedly a center but seems to do best on the wing; we've had no preliminary indications but if his resume is anything to go by he'll be used pretty much anywhere and everywhere for everything, and be a badass at it all.
3) Wants
a) Legit top-line offensive talent (so long as it's of the type that buys into the new "everyone fights, no one quits" team attitude concept)
b) 1b goaltender so we don't have to play Mason
c) Quality forward prospects, preferably not of the undersized variety.

4) Surplus
a) Blueline prospects of just about any quality you could ask for.

Trade Bait
a) Tim Erixon (or possibly Moore or David Savard, depending on the return)
b) Steve Mason
c) Derrick Brassard (forward upgrade inquiries only)

5) Prospects
1. D-Ryan Murray (2012-2013)
2. C-Boone Jenner (2013-2014)
3. C-Michael Chaput (2013-2014)
4. G-Anton Forsberg (2015-2016)
5. RW-Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (2012-2013)

6) Strengths
a) Lots and lots of blueline depth and blueline skill
b) Roster is chock-full of never-say-die never-quit forwards, many of whom can score 10 or even 20+ goals
c) There seems to be an actual coherent team identity for the first time since... um, the start of the franchise, maybe? (See above re: never-say-die never-quit)
d) There's only four guys left who Doug MacLean can truthfully say he drafted. (Brassard, Dorsett, Boll, Mason)

7) Weaknesses
a) Lack of scoring skill and/or talent in the forward corps - nobody likely to top 30 goals
b) Goaltending is inexperienced and potentially shaky

8) Draft Picks
2013: 1st, NYR 1st, LAK 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
2014: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

9) Cap Situation
We're just above the cap floor with about 13-14 million in cap space, depending on which defensemen make the team. The only reasons not to spend to the cap right now would be a lack of quality needed folks to spend it on and the ongoing CBA negotiations.

10) Season Projection
G-d only knows how the season will go. A repeat of last in the NHL is unlikely simply due to the number of injuries that would have to happen again for that to occur; we were a mediocre team that got Perfect Stormed. If all the forwards click in an ideal manner a la Craig Patrick's last famous teambuilding effort in Lake Placid, AND if JMFJ-Wiz continue their stellar play together, AND if Bobrovsky really takes off and plays like a quality starting goaltender, the playoffs are not impossible. They are also, however, a tad unlikely.


1) Starting Line-up
Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Gustav Nyquist
Valterri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Mikael Samuelsson
Dan Cleary - Justin Abdelkader - Todd Bertuzzi
Jordan Tootoo - Darren Helm - Drew Miller
Patrick Eaves

Niklas Kronwall - Ian White
Jonathan Ericsson - Kyle Quincey
Brendan Smith - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard
Jonas Gustavsson

Top Call-ups
Tomas Tatar, Left Wing

2) Description
Gustav Nyquist: Talented playmaking forward who will thrive playing with Datsyuk. Needs to gain some weight over this offseason ashe was easy to push off the puck last year, but overall, looks like a very promising prospect.

Brendan Smith: Offensive defenseman. Needs work defensively and will probably start on the third pairing and work his way up. Could find himself on the #1 PP unit before the end of the year.

3) Wants
a) Defense
b) Defense
c) Defense

4) Surplus
a) Forwards
b) Forward Prospects

Trade Bait
a) Johan Franzen
b) Dan Cleary

5) Prospects

1. Calle Jarnkrok, Center, No earlier than 2013-2014, more likely 2014-2015.
Draws a lot of comparisons to Henrik Zetterberg. Has a lot of skill, just needs to gain some weight.

2. Tomas Jurco, Right Wing, 2013-2014 at the earliest.
His size and skill with the puck draw comparisons to Marian Hossa.

6) Strengths
a) Offense
b) Goaltending
c) Deep Prospect Pool

7) Weaknesses
a) Defense
b) Most Defensive Prospects are still a few years away.

8) Draft Picks
2013: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
2014: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

9) Cap Situation
A little bit under the floor. Absolutely fine.

10) Season Projection

Hard to say, the panic posts about how they're gonna be out of the playoffs are unwarranted due to the fact that while they lost Lidstrom, they upgraded their offense. And yes, while they have taken a step back, nobody in the central has really taken a step forward. Nashville has certainly fallen back hard regardless of what happens with Shea Weber. Central will be a horse race between Detroit, Chicago, and STL.


1) Starting Line-up

Top Call-ups

2) Description

3) Wants
a)
b)
c)

4) Surplus
a)
b)
c)

Trade Bait
a)
b)
c)

5) Prospects

6) Strengths
a)
b)
c)

7) Weaknesses
a)
b)
c)

8) Draft Picks
2013:
2014:

9) Cap Situation

10) Season Projection


1) Starting Line-up
David Perron - David Backes - TJ Oshie
Andy McDonald - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart
Jaden Schwartz - Alex Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko
Vladimir Sobotka - Scott Nichol - Jamie Langenbrunner
Matt D'Agostini, Ryan Reaves, Chris Porter

Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo
Barrett Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Kris Russell - Roman Polak
Jeff Woywitka, Taylor Chorney

Jaroslav Halak
Brian Elliott
Top Call-ups
Either Jeff Woywitka, D or Taylor Chorney, D
Cade Fairchild, D
Evgeny Grachev, LW/C
Phil McRae, C

2) Description
David Backes: A Selke finalist this year, Backes combines superb defensive play with a nose for the net and a physical playing style. Capable of scoring 30 goals, Backes is the captain and leader of the team.
TJ Oshie: One of the hardest workers in the league, Oshie tied for the team lead in points last year, and was an important piece to the Central Division champions. Recently signed to a new contract, he is also one of the most marketable and well-liked players on the Blues
Chris Stewart: The Chris Stewart of last year would be a major disappointment, as he was a far cry from his prior years. A return to this years would help the Blues immensely.
Alex Pietrangelo: A potential Norris candidate this year, Pietrangelo controls the game with ease. After a slow start, he exploded offensively.

3) Wants
a) top-4 LHD to pair with Pietrangelo
b) a 3rd line center

4) Surplus
a) Right wingers

Trade Bait
a) Matt D'Agostini

5) Prospects
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, 2012
Touted as one of the best prospects in the game, Tarasenko has honed his talents playing in the KHL for the last 4 years. Halfway through the season, Tarasenko was traded to SKA St. Petersburg, where despite logging a paltry number of minutes, both in the regular season and the playoffs, Tarasenko shined, leading his team in playoff points.

Jaden Schwartz, LW, 2012
Picked two slots before Tarasenko, Schwartz shined at Colorado College. A deft passer, Schwartz figures to take over for McDonald if McDonald leaves after this season. He played in a few games last year, and although needed some work, he contributed offensively with a few goals.

Ty Rattie, RW, 2013
After a remarkable year in the WHL, it remains to be seen if Rattie can match those numbers without some of his linemates. If so, Rattie profiles to be a very good sniper in the league.

Ian Cole, D, 2012
The top defensive prospect for the Blues, Cole is a strong player who isn't afraid to use it. Molded similar to Barrett Jackman in terms of play style, Cole also has some offensive upside. He has been inconsistent in the NHL thus far, but his game against the Penguins showed what he is capable of. Unless a move is made, he will likely be playing alongside Pietrangelo.

6) Strengths
a) Coaching
b) Two-way forwards
c) Top tier forward prospects

7) Weaknesses
a) LHD
b) A blue chip defensive prospect

8) Draft Picks
2013: 1st, 2nd, OTT 2nd, 3rd, 4th, TAM 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
2014: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, TAM 4th, 6th, 7th

9) Cap Situation
Still around a million beneath the floor, Armstrong will likely look to add a LHD to pair with Pietrangelo. Although St. Louis has new ownership, they have yet to spend big on outside players, and it remains to be seen if they will.

10) Season Projection
Could easily win the Central again, and should win at least one playoff round.


Northwest



1) Starting Line-up
Alex Tanguay - Mike Cammalleri - Jarome Iginla
Curtis Glencross - Roman Cervenka - Jiri Hudler
Sven Baertschi - Mikael Backlund - Lee Stempniak
Blake Comeau - Matt Stajan - Blair Jones

Jay Bouwmeester - Dennis Wideman
Mark Giordano - T.J. Brodie
Chris Butler - Cory Sarich

Miikka Kiprusoff
Leland Irving

Extra's; Tim Jackman, Derek Smith and Anton Babchuk

Top Call-ups
- Roman Horak
- Lance Bouma
- Max Reinhart
- Greg Nemisz

2) Description

Jarome Iginla - Arguably the most consistent goal scorer of the last decade. Jarome Brings physicality, elite offensive ability and leadership to the table. Despite his age, he is historically primed for a bounce back offensively this season under an offensive system.

Mike Cammalleri - Enjoyed the most prolific offensive season of his career during his one year stint in Calgary alongside Jarome Iginla. Despite having very little experience at the Center ice position at the NHL level, Cammalleri finished the past season with 17 points in his final 18 games of the season after being given the reigns as the top pivot. If he can stay healthy throughout the entirety of the season, he should be a lock to score 25+ goals, and 65+ points.

Miikka Kiprusoff - After a remarkably consistent performance last season, Miikka once again established himself as a top echelon netminder in the NHL. He showed absolutely no signs of slowing down either and if he can provide that stabilizing presence between the pipes for yet another season Calgary will be in good shape.

Roman Cervenka - Four seasons after initially being shown interest by NHL clubs across the league, Cervenka is now personally ready to make the jump across the pond. After two very productive offensive seasons in the low scoring KHL, it is now up to Roman to prove he belongs in the big show. Calgary will give the 26 year old every opportunity to earn and produce as a top six player.

3) Wants
a) Proven top six center that can win faceoffs.
b) Toughness
c) Defense prospects

4) Surplus
a) Depth on the wings.
b) Over-abundance of 2nd/3rd line tweeners
c) capable 5/6/7 defensmen

Trade Bait
a) Jay Bouwmeester
b) Matt Stajan
c) Mikael Backlund

5) Prospects
1. Sven Baertschi ( LW ) - All around offensive threat. Baertschi certainly has the potential to be a top line forward and will likely spend most of, if not all of the season in Calgary.
2. John Gaudreau ( LW ) - Similar offensive skillset to Baertschi but has more obstacles to overcome. Guadreau was arguably the best freshmen in all of college hockey last season.
3. Leland Irving ( G ) - After spending four seasons as a professional in Abbotsford/Quad City, Irving is finally ready to come into camp and become the permanent backstop to Kiprusoff.
4. Mark Jankowski (C) - The best word to describe Jankowski at this stage is "raw". He has the skillset and physical build to become an impact top six center at the NHL level, but needs time to fill out his frame and prove he can flourish against proven competition.
5. Max Reinhart ( C ) - Untapped two way potential. Reinhart has a great work ethic and understanding for the game. He will likely start in Abbotsford to start the season but will undoubtedly put his name in the mix for an early call up.

6) Strengths
a) Goaltending
b) Winger Depth
c) Ability to role four scoring lines

7) Weaknesses
a) Unproven center depth
b) Aging top end talent
c) Lack of impact NHL ready prospects

8) Draft Picks
2013: 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th
2014: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

9) Cap Situation
$3,531,668 in cap space with a full 23 man roster.

10) Season Projection
6-12th in the Western Conference. That may seem like a broad prediction, but with the amount of parity in the league these days I truly believe Calgary will be in the playoff hunt up until the final week or two of the season. Calgary is probably one of the toughest teams to predict this upcoming season.


1) Starting Line-up
Jamie McGinn - Paul Stastny - David Jones
PA Parenteau - Matt Duchene - Steve Downie
Gabriel Landeskog - Ryan O'Reilly - Milan Hejduk
Cody McLeod - John Mitchell - Chuck Kobasew
Mark Olver

Shane O'Brien - Erik Johnson
Ryan O'Byrne - Jan Hejda
Greg Zanon - Ryan Wilson
Mark Hunwick

Seymon Varlamov
Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Top Call-ups
Brad Malone, F
David Van Der Gulik, F
Michael Sgarbossa, F
Tyson Barrie, D
Stefan Elliott, D

2) Description
Seymon Varlamov: Potential elite goalie who can only get better with more games and more consistency. Will probably have to play more this year since I don't think Giguere will be able to fill in to the extent he did last year.

Matt Duchene: A horrible season last year led to a summer spent training with Sidney Crosby, as well as a shorter, cheaper contract extension to prove his worth. I think he'll be due a big raise at the end of it, and expect 70 points this season.

Erik Johnson: The best defenseman on the team even if by virtue of the rest being completely ordinary, hopefully he can play a full consistent season, and if the coaching staff looks vaguely competent then he should get more points on the powerplay by shooting the puck.

Gabriel Landeskog: If he improves his shooting percentage then I'm fairly certain we will achieve transcendence, leaving other mere mortals in his wake.

Ryan O'Reilly: Will probably play a more defensive role next season with McClement not being there to eat 3 minutes of PK time a night but has shown he can put up points. Hopefully Duchene and Stastny will play the big minutes and get the big points so O'Reilly doesn't have to, but I could still see 40-ish points. Maybe a selke nomination if he's lucky.

Paul Stastny: It'll be interesting to see if he can stick with McGinn and keep making him look like a scorer. I hope and think he can.

3) Wants
a) Alex Semin.
b) A puck-moving defenseman, assuming one of Elliott or Barrie doesn't make the team out of training camp.
c) A goalie coach. Giguere won't be here to mentor Varlamov forever.

4) Surplus
a) Centers
b) Defensive Prospects

Trade Bait
a) Paul Stastny
b) One of the prospect D-men

5) Prospects
1. Stefan Elliott, D
Elliott is the reason we traded Shattenkirk. He's a great skating, offensive defenseman with an amazing wrist shot. Needs to work on strength.
ETA: 1 more season in-between the AHL and NHL.

2. Joey Hishon, F
An amazing two-way centre that sat out last season due to a nasty concussion by McNabb. He's an amazing stickhandler who will beat you by his smarts and vision. Needs to get healthy and stronger.
ETA: Questionmark. 2-3 more seasons strictly in the AHL getting top 6 minutes.

3. Duncan Siemens, D
Siemens has some decent offensive talent, but is more known for his smooth skating toughness. Which makes him very hard to beat on the outside and in-front of the net. Needs to drastically improve his shot.
ETA: 3 seasons; 1 in WHL and 2 in-between AHL and NHL.

4. Cameron Gaunce, D
Had an amazing season last year in the AHL. More of defense first defenseman, Gaunce acutally showed some offensive talent and carried the puck hard to the net with shots and physical presences. Looked like a true veteran carrying his team on his back at times.
ETA: NHL ready. But 1 season in-between AHL and NHL due to our logjam.

5. Tyson Barrie, D
One of our more underrated prospects, Barrie is another offensive defenseman that made Shattenkirk expendable. Last season he looked much better than Elliott at times and absolutely dominated our PP for Lake Erie. Like Elliott, he needs to get stronger and gain experience to compete in the NHL.
ETA: 1-2 seasons playing in-between the AHL and NHL.

6) Strengths
a) Drafting, which has been the best thing since the current management came in, right before the 2009 draft. We have several good prospects for all positions which we didn't have before, and most of the big pieces have been acquired via drafting.
b) As a young team, the optimist in me says the team can only improve as they play together. The best years of the core pieces of the team are ahead of them.
c) No egos. The players on the Avs are all hard workers, and often mention how they enjoy playing in Colorado and with each other


7) Weaknesses
a) The coach is a moron.
b) The Avalanche still aren't the draw that they were a decade ago, and while this is partly down to bad results and competition from other teams (ie the Denver Broncos signing some guy) there is to me, still a lack of marketing about the Avs team to raise their profile in Colorado. Then again, this is something else which can only be improved, and should be improved as the players get better.
c) Most of the on-ice failures can be covered by a), but at times last year the team seemed to lack ideas when trying to score, and while players like Duchene and Hejduk didn't live up to expectations, there was at times a real lack of an ability to get flowing offense from the front to the back. Now if Elliott and Barrie can come up and fill that role then great, but to me the defense doesn't look any better offensively than it did last year.

8) Draft Picks
2013: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
2014: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

9) Cap Situation
As a team who straddled the cap floor last season (by a few hundred dollars at times) we will be well above that next season. O'Reilly is still to get his contract extension, but we won't have any problems staying within the cap. Cynics will say that the ownership is cheap and that they aren't spending money on the team, but I personally am happy with how the salaries have been managed since the current management was installed in 2009. I would have liked a bigger free agent signing than Parenteau this off-season, but I wouldn't like to have one of the Parise/Suter contracts either. In the past, the Avalanche were relatively big spenders, but it remains to be seen if they return to those rates.

10) Season Projection
If everything goes to plan, we could do anything. Realistically though I see us being a mid-table team all season, while making the playoffs. The younger guys on the team will grow and play better, Duchene will have a very good season in particular, and I think the new additions (Parenteau, Zanon and Mitchell so far) will slot into their roles well.


1) Starting Line-up

Top Call-ups

2) Description

3) Wants
a)
b)
c)

4) Surplus
a)
b)
c)

Trade Bait
a)
b)
c)

5) Prospects

6) Strengths
a)
b)
c)

7) Weaknesses
a)
b)
c)

8) Draft Picks
2013:
2014:

9) Cap Situation

10) Season Projection


1) Starting Line-up

Top Call-ups

2) Description

3) Wants
a)
b)
c)

4) Surplus
a)
b)
c)

Trade Bait
a)
b)
c)

5) Prospects

6) Strengths
a)
b)
c)

7) Weaknesses
a)
b)
c)

8) Draft Picks
2013:
2014:

9) Cap Situation

10) Season Projection


1) Starting Line-up

Top Call-ups

2) Description

3) Wants
a)
b)
c)

4) Surplus
a)
b)
c)

Trade Bait
a)
b)
c)

5) Prospects

6) Strengths
a)
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c)

7) Weaknesses
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8) Draft Picks
2013:
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9) Cap Situation

10) Season Projection


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1) Starting Line-up

Top Call-ups

2) Description

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4) Surplus
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Obviously this is a little early, but I figure we might as well start early and we can edit as we go.

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1) Starting Line-up
Kovalchuk - Zajac - Zubrus
Elias - Henrique - Clarkson
Tedenby - Josefson - Bernier
Carter- Gionta - Barch

Salvador - Zidlicky
Greene - Fayne
Tallinder - Volchenkov

Brodeur
Hedberg

Scratches: Janssen, Harrold, Larsson

Top Call-ups
Eric Gelinas D
Alexander Urbom D
Mike Sislo RW


2) Player description
Kovalchuk - The best forward on the team, pure goal scorer, exceptional passer, can play in all situations. Possible captain.

Elias - Veteran forward. Great two-way player, great playmaker. Possible captain.

Henrique - Rookie forward. Good two-way player. Good puck skills. Expected to become the "new Parise"

Zajac - Great two-way player. Underrated shot. Should center the first line.

3) Wants
a) Top 6 forward (to replace Parise)
b) Top 9 forward (to replace Ponikarovsky)
c) Top-pairing defenseman

4) Surplus
a) NHL-caliber defensemen
b) Young, mobile defensemen
c) Young bottom 6 forwards

Trade Bait
a) Andy Greene
b) Henrik Tallinder
c) Defensemen prospects

5) Prospects
1. Jon Merrill D, LH, big, mobile, two-way defenseman. Great skater, poised with puck, PP capabilities, more offensively-minded. Fits need for top-pairing defenseman. ETA: 2 years

2. Eric Gelinas D, LH, big, mobile, offensive defenseman. Great skater, hard shot, PP capabilities. ETA: 1-2 years

3. Alexander Urbom D, LH, big, mobile, two-way defenseman. Great skater. More defensively-minded. Good shot. ETA: 1-2 years

6) Strengths
a) Nearly all forwards are defensively responsible
b) Abundance of mobile defenseman
c) Very good depth at goaltender

7) Weaknesses
a) NHL roster lacks depth at forward because of recent departures of Parise, Ponikarovsky and possibly Sykora
b) Lacks high-end forward prospects (Reid Boucher could possibly be an exception)
c) Lacks depth at right wing prospects

8) Draft Picks
2013: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
2014: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Note: one the 1st round picks will be forfeited due to the Kovalchuk contract

9) Cap Situation
The Devils have just over 14 million of cap space. It should not be expected that the Devils will spend close to the limit for the 2012-13 season since they have a lot of core players becoming UFA after the season.

10) Season Projection
Playoff spot in the East. Probably seed 4-8.

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Larsson will be in the lineup guaranteed 100%

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Larsson will be in the lineup guaranteed 100%
Of course, but until we trade away one of our 8 NHL defensemen he falls short. None of Tallinder or Volchenkov are getting scratched over Larsson. It should be noted that Fayne probably will miss the start of the season. Then you have Salvador-Zidlicky, Greene-Volchenkov, Tallinder-Larsson and Harrold as the extra.

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Owner: Eugene Melnyk
General Manager: Bryan Murray
Head Coach: Paul MacLean.

1) Starting Line-up
Guillaume Latendresse - Jason Spezza - Milan Michalek
Peter Regin - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening - Zach Smith - Jakob Silfverberg
Chris Neil - Jim O'Brien - Erik Condra
Bobby Butler

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowan - Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips - Mike Lundin
Mark Borowiecki

Craig Andersson
Ben Bishop

Top Call-ups
Mike Hoffman, C
Mark Stone, RW
Mika Zibanejad, C/RW

Patrick Wiercoch, D
Eric Gryba, D

Robin Lehner, G

2) Player Description

Jason Spezza:
First line centre. Leading scorer last season and will very likely repeat that feat. Improved defensively and in his leadership skills last season.

Erik Karlsson :
Norris Trophy winner and leading point-getter among defensemen last season. The catalyst that makes our offense go, with a defensive game that will only be more polished next season. As Karlsson goes, the Senators should go this season.

Milan Michalek :
Scored 35 goals last season with the Senators. Improving power forward who many not reproduce those numbers this season, but will be a key contributor to our offense.

Untouchables :
Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Phillips, Chris Neal

3) Wants

The Senators wants will largely depend on how our prospects transition into NHL time. In the projected starting line-up, I tried to include as few of our better prospects as possible. However, our opening day roster could include the likes of Jakob Silfverberg, Mika Zibanejad and Mark Stone.

If our prospects are able to jump right in and fill the void, I suspect the Senators will have relatively few wants going forward. However, should any of our prospects falter and if we don't get off to a good start, look for the Sens to make some moves around December.

Until we have a better understanding of exactly what role our prospects are going to play, these are our only current wants, IMO:

a)Bottom-pairing/7th defenseman.
b)Bottom-six forward (depending upon which prospects make the line-up, if any)


4) Surplus

The cupboards are very full in Ottawa: we have a lot of excellent prospects in the system. Other than goaltending, one could argue that Ottawa has a surplus at every position. If our prospects are able to step in right now and contribute very well, we'll have a lot more expendable pieces than we originally thought. Our NHL forward depth is much the same: as our prospects go, so too will the evaluation of our depth.

These are a few pieces that could be moved this year:

a) Patrick Wiercoch
b) Sergei Gonchar
c) Bobby Butler


5) Prospects

1. Mika Zibanejad, C/W, ETA: 2013

For me, Mika Zibanejad is the most NHL-ready prospect in our system. He is a physical two-way centre with a scoring touch. In his 9-game tryout last year, even though he did not score for the big club, he barely looked out of place or overmatched. He's a guy who can slot literally anywhere in your lineup and be a good contributor.

I put his ETA as 2013 because I don't believe he makes the team out of camp. I see Ottawa starting him out in Bingo and calling him up later in the year or even giving him a full year of the AHL.

2. Jakob Silfverberg, W, ETA: 2012-13

Silfverberg did everything his possibly could in the SEL last year: second in league scoring in the regular season, broke Daniel Alfredsson's playoff goal-scoring record with Brynas, won the SEL championship and was named league MVP. Silfverberg seems like a lock to make the Senators out of camp, but there are questions around how his game with translate to a smaller, faster ice surface.

3. Mark Stone, RW, ETA: 2013-14

The fastest-rising prospect the Senators have had in a long time. A one-time 6th-round pick, Stone tore up the WHL last season before getting a call-up for one playoff game with the Senators. In that game, he assisted on Jason Spezza's game-winning goal. Due to his rapid ascent, it's hard to peg just how fast Stone will develop. His skating definitely needs work, but he has the mentality and the scoring ability to be a good player for the Sens right now. I say the Sens give him a full year in the AHL along with Zibanejad.


6) Strengths
a) Prospect Depth. We have a wealth of talent that is approaching NHL-readiness.
b) Centre Depth. 1 through 4, we have incredible players down the middle.
c) Coaching. Paul MacLean has turned the Senators into a great transition team and has instilled a great attitude into all of our players.


7) Weaknesses
a) Inexperience. There is no certainty that our kids will do well this year. If they can't, will our veterans fill the void?
b) Goaltending. Will Craig Anderson be consistent? If not, will Ben Bishop seize the starter's job? Depth is lacking a bit there still.


8) Draft Picks
2013:
1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th. (2nd 2013 traded to St. Louis for Ben Bishop).

2014:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th


9) Cap Situation

Salary: $50,573,333
Bonuses: $1,175,000
Cap Space: $19,626,667

I see no reason why the Senators would spend more than to the floor going into the start of this season. We have the flexibility to re-sign our up-coming free agents (Alfie, Turris, Regin, Smith, Condra) and the ability to go out and acquire a big name at the same time if we are very competitive this year.


10) Season Projection

I'd say the same as last year: we squeak into the 8th spot or just be on the outside looking in. We have the depth and the scoring to be competitive in the East, but teams like Carolina, Tampa Bay and Buffalo improved quite a bit. This might be a year of growing pains, but it might be another year of pleasant surprises.


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Larsson will be in the lineup guaranteed 100%
I kind of think NJD should trade Larrson if their gonna keep scratching him ruining his development, that or send him to Albany or trade one of their D's away

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1) Starting Line-up
Lupul - JVR - Kessel
MacArthur - Grabovski - Kadri
Kulemin - Bozak/McClement - Frattin
Kamarov/McClement - Steckel - Brown
Extra: Lombardi, Connolly

Gunnarsson - Phaneuf
Gardiner - Holzer
Liles/Franson - Komisarek

Reimer
Scrivener

Top Call-ups
Jerry D'amigo, W
Joe Colborne, C
Jesse Blacker, D
Nicolas Deschamps, W

2) Description
Phil Kessel - best offensive player on the team
Dion Phaneuf - number 1 two-way D, captain, plays all situation
Joffrey Lupul - hard working offensive forward, great chemistry with Kessel
Mikail Grabovski - heart and soul player, best center
Jake Gardiner - top rookie, more potential than any player on the roster


3) Wants
a)# 1 C
b) #1 G
c) size

4) Surplus
a)NHL ready prospects
b)2nd/3rd line tweeners
c)bad contracts

Trade Bait
a)Franson
b) prospects
c)Lombardi/Connolly

5) Prospects
1. Morgan Rielly, D, OFD smooth skating in the mold of Kris Letang
2. Nazem Kadri, F, offensive concentrated forward with unbelievably smooth hands and plays an irritating game towards opponents
3. Matt Frattin, F, smaller power forward who creates space for line makes with a laser shot and a good defensive game

6) Strengths
a)abundance of top 9 wingers
b)center depth
c)deep prospect pool

7) Weaknesses
a) no #1 C
b) no #1 G
c)Small top 6

8) Draft Picks
Buhp

9) Cap Situation
Richest team in the league

10) Season Projection
7-12 in the East

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1) Starting Line-up
There are 2 ways this could go for Buffalo
a. If Grigorenko makes the team
b. If he doesn't

a. Ott-Hodgson-Vanek
Foligno-Ennis-Stafford
Leino-Grigorenko-Pominville
Gerbe-McCormick-Kaleta
xScott, Ellis

b. Vanek-Hodgson-Tropp OR Adam-Hodgson-Vanek
Foligno-Ennis-Stafford
Leino-Ott-Pominville
Gerbe-McCormick-Kaleta
x Scott, Ellis

Leopold-Myers
Sulzer-Ehrhoff
Regehr-Sekera
x Weber

Miller
Enroth


Top Call-ups
Brayden McNabb, D
Corey Tropp, RW
TJ Brennan, D
Luke Adam, LW/C
Mark Pysyk, D


2) Description
Miller:One of the best goalies in the game when he's on, and he can steal some major games. Gives a lot of confidence to the players in front of him because they feel they can rely on him to bail them out when they make a mistake. Has won at least 30 games in each of the last 7 seasons.

Vanek: Pure goal-scorer. He's amongst the league's most productive players on the PP since the lockout, has never scored less than 25 goals in a season (career avg 33), and he has the size and strength to park himself in front of the net and get deflections and/or rebounds.

Pominville: Captain and most consistent forward. Best two-way forward. At least 20 goals scored in each of the last 7 seasons. Probably the best compliment I've heard toward him, from some of his linemates, is that he's always in the right spot.

Sekera: Most effective shutdown defenseman. Great outlet passes, smooth skating. On a bargain of a contract at 2.75m for the next 3 years.

Myers: Young, franchise potential defenseman. 6'8", incredible skater, good offensive instincts, improving physical game, and is very good at using his stick to break up plays.

Ehrhoff: Last year, our highest winning % came when he was in the line up, at .700. His ES point production jumped last year from .82 points per 60 minutes in Vancouver to .97 in Buffalo, while the quality of competition he faced skyrocketed and his offensive zone starts dropped from around 60+ to 52%. Has a bomb of a shot off the point, and, when he keeps it low, it's great for deflections and generating rebounds. With Gragnani gone, he should get more PP time and more offensive zone starts to really start padding those stats.

Ennis: Most dynamic offensive talent on the team, imo. 22yo, and will be expected to step up this year and be one of our better offensive players. He was a revelation at center in the 2nd half of last season. Has great speed and agility, good playmaking, and great puck handling skill. The biggest knock against him is his size. Also needs to improve his faceoff % and get a better grasp of his defensive responsibilities as a center.

3) Wants
a) A two-way veteran stop-gap at 3C to ease some pressure and tough minutes off of Ennis and Hodgson.
b) See above.
c) More forward depth

4) Surplus
a) Defense
b) Ville Leino

Trade Bait
a) Jordan Leopold, possibly (1 year on his contract, could see Regier swapping him out for a 3C on a similar contract)
b) Depth defensemen (Pardy). Would want to swap him for a depth forward, though he probably slides into Shaone Morrisonn's slot in Rochester as a decent veteran presence to help out our young defenders.

5) Prospects
a. Mikhail Grigorenko, Center, 0-1 years
6'3", playmaking center. 1C potential, with elite vision and some sick dangles. Needs to improve his strength and conditioning before taking on the NHL. Comparable: Jason Spezza.

b. Joel Armia, RW, 1-2 years
6'3" pure goal scorer. Was a PPG player in the back half of last season for Porin Assat of the SM-Liiga. Plus skater, strong on the forecheck, and good at using his size to protect the puck. Great shot, and good stick handling (though sometimes he tries to get too fancy and force plays, could simplify his game a bit). Needs to add some muscle and show some more consistency before jumping to the NHL. Could make the NHL out of camp next year, or may start in the AHL and get some time to adjust his game to the smaller ice surface. Comparable: A faster Thomas Vanek.

c. Marcus Foligno, LW, 0 years
Foligno is ready to become a full-time fixture on the NHL roster after only his first full pro season (mostly in Rochester). A big man -- 6'3" 215lbs -- who plays a true power forward's game: finishes all his checks, has a nose for the net, and is willing to drop the gloves. Had great chemistry with Ennis and Stafford last year, accumulating 13 points in 14 games in the NHL. Unlike the top 2 prospects for Buffalo, he's not a top 6 or bust player. His physical play should make him a useful member of the roster even if his point production dries up.

Other notables: Zemgus Girgensons (C/LW), Brayden McNabb (LD), Mark Pysyk (RD), and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (RD)

6) Strengths
a) Defensive depth
b) Many prospects who are or are close to NHL-ready
c) Goaltending

7) Weaknesses
a) Forward depth
b) Lack of quality wing prospects (huge drop off after Armia and Foligno)
c) Weakness at center on the NHL roster (will be relying heavily on 2 very young centers)

8) Draft Picks
2013: 1-3, 5-7 (4th traded to NSH in Gaustad deal)
2014: All rounds

9) Cap Situation
Since Pegula bought the team, the Sabres are no longer a franchise with internal budget constraints. His bottom line is a winning product. He has invested a tremendous amount of money into improving Buffalo's scouting (~20 scouts, up from 9 during the previous ownership), player development (aka bought our AHL affiliate and hired completely new staff who are experienced with young players, as well as renovated the training facilities at First Niagra), and is willing to spend in free agency. With Boyes, Hecht, Gaustad, and Roy off the books, the Sabres have just shy of 10 million available in cap space. Need to re-sign RFA Tyler Ennis still, and have reported an interest in UFA Shane Doan. It is also reported that they were prepared to offer 100m contracts to each of Suter and Parise.

10) Season Projection
Playoff bubble team, again. There are some question marks at forward, with Ennis and Hodgson being expected to step up into 1/2 roles this season, and Grigorenko also possibly making the team. The depth in terms of replacements/call-ups available is also not great. However, our depth and quality at defense and goaltending should allow the Sabres to contend for a playoff spot, which would be a great experience for the young players on the roster, though I doubt they seriously contend for the cup. The team should be more physical this year, with the additions of Ott, Foligno, Scott, and perhaps Tropp and McNabb, which, imo, should make us more competitive in close-checking games. If Leino can put up a bounce-back season, we should have no problem securing a 5-8 finish in the east, because that production would more than make up the difference between Derek Roy and Steve Ott.


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1) Starting Line-up
Jamie McGinn - Paul Stastny - David Jones
PA Parenteau - Matt Duchene - Steve Downie
Gabriel Landeskog - Ryan O'Reilly - Milan Hejduk
Cody McLeod - John Mitchell - Chuck Kobasew
Scratch: Mark Olver
Likely call-ups: Brad Malone, David Van Der Gulik (bottom six), Joey Hishon, Michael Sgarbossa (top six)
*note - the first three lines don't follow the 1st/2nd/3rd line norm per se, all of them can be scoring lines*

Shane O'Brien - Erik Johnson
Ryan O'Byrne - Jan Hejda
greg Zanon - Ryan Wilson
Scratch: Matt Hunwick
Likely call-ups: Tyson Barrie, Stefan Elliott, Cameron Gaunce

Semyon Varlamov
Jean-Sebastien Giguere


2) Description
What I deem as "the core," in order of importance:

Varlamov: Potential elite goalie who can only get better with more games and more consistency. Will probably have to play more this year since I don't think Giguere will be able to fill in to the extent he did last year.

Duchene: A horrible season last year led to a summer spent training with Sidney Crosby, as well as a shorter, cheaper contract extension to prove his worth. I think he'll be due a big raise at the end of it, and expect 70 points this season.

Johnson: The best defenseman on the team even if by virtue of the rest being completely ordinary, hopefully he can play a full consistent season, and if the coaching staff looks vaguely competent then he should get more points on the powerplay by shooting the puck.

Landeskog: If he improves his shooting percentage then I'm fairly certain we will achieve transcendence, leaving other mere mortals in his wake.

O'Reilly: Will probably play a more defensive role next season with McClement not being there to eat 3 minutes of PK time a night but has shown he can put up points. Hopefully Duchene and Stastny will play the big minutes and get the big points so O'Reilly doesn't have to, but I could still see 40-ish points. Maybe a selke nomination if he's lucky.

Stastny: It'll be interesting to see if he can stick with McGinn and keep making him look like a scorer. I hope and think he can.

3) Wants
a) Alex Semin.
b) A puck-moving defenseman, assuming one of Elliott or Barrie doesn't make the team out of training camp.
c) A goalie coach. Giguere won't be here to mentor Varlamov forever.

4) Surplus
I'm not really sure what you could class as surplus for the Avs, but we have a lot of defensive prospects and a lot of forwards who play C. Guys like Hishon and Sgarbossa could be moved to wing though, so I don't think it'll be a problem. Also, the Avs recently signed an agreement with the newly formed Denver Cutthroats of the CHL which will see players go there.

Trade Bait
One of the D prospects is what I see being bandied about most often, though if the management is consistent then I don't see another massive piece (ie a #1 d-man/goalie like before) being acquired by trade. More a supplemental piece like McGinn and Downie last season, which wouldn't take much to pick up. I personally don't think Stastny will be/is trade bait, but he is another name that comes up in rumours (mainly to acquire a goalscoring winger, which is what he needs to improve his stats... which is why I don't think that would happen).


5) Prospects
Tyson Barrie and Stefan Elliott both spent time on the team last season, though they can stand to improve their defensive game in AHL. Either could be the puck moving defenseman we need, but I'm not counting on it happening, especially with us signing Zanon and keeping Hunwick. Cameron Gaunce is another defenseman who will play in the AHL, and then there's Duncan Siemens who was 11th overall in 2011, who will play in juniors again this year.

Forwards, Michael Sgarbossa and Joey Hishon are the big ones. Sgarbossa finished as the leading scorer in the... OHL last season, I could see him making the team ahead of Hishon. Both are fairly small, skilled centres who can (and probably will) play wing.

Goalies, Calvin Pickard will play in the AHL this season, though I don't know much about him.

6) Strengths
a) Drafting, which has been the best thing since the current management came in, right before the 2009 draft. We have several good prospects for all positions which we didn't have before, and most of the big pieces have been acquired via drafting.
b) As a young team, the optimist in me says the team can only improve as they play together. The best years of the core pieces of the team are ahead of them.
c) No egos. The players on the Avs are all hard workers, and often mention how they enjoy playing in Colorado and with each other.

7) Weaknesses
a) The coach is a moron.
b) The Avalanche still aren't the draw that they were a decade ago, and while this is partly down to bad results and competition from other teams (ie the Denver Broncos signing some guy) there is to me, still a lack of marketing about the Avs team to raise their profile in Colorado. Then again, this is something else which can only be improved, and should be improved as the players get better.
c) Most of the on-ice failures can be covered by a), but at times last year the team seemed to lack ideas when trying to score, and while players like Duchene and Hejduk didn't live up to expectations, there was at times a real lack of an ability to get flowing offense from the front to the back. Now if Elliott and Barrie can come up and fill that role then great, but to me the defense doesn't look any better offensively than it did last year.

8) Draft Picks
We have all our 2013/14 draft picks.

9) Cap Situation
As a team who straddled the cap floor last season (by a few hundred dollars at times) we will be well above that next season. O'Reilly is still to get his contract extension, but we won't have any problems staying within the cap. Cynics will say that the ownership is cheap and that they aren't spending money on the team, but I personally am happy with how the salaries have been managed since the current management was installed in 2009. I would have liked a bigger free agent signing than Parenteau this off-season, but I wouldn't like to have one of the Parise/Suter contracts either.

10) Season Projection
If everything goes to plan, we could do anything. Realistically though I see us being a mid-table team all season, while making the playoffs. The younger guys on the team will grow and play better, Duchene will have a very good season in particular, and I think the new additions (Parenteau, Zanon and Mitchell so far) will slot into their roles well.

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(I have to make this under the assumption that Rick Nash is not traded)
1. Starting Line-up
Rick Nash - Derick Brassard - Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno - Ryan Johansen - RJ Umberger
Matt Calvert - Mark Letestu - Derek Dorsett
Colton Gillies - Derek MacKenzie - Jared Boll

Jack Johnson - James Wisniewski
Nikita Nikitin - Fedor Tyutin
Adrian Aucoin - Ryan Murray
John Moore

Sergei Bobrovsky
Steve Mason

Top Call-ups
C/LW/RW-Cody Bass
LW/C- Ryan Russell
C- Michael Chaput
RW- Johnathon Audy-Marchessault
D- Cody Goloubef
D-David Savard
G-Allen York

2. Description

Jack Johnson- Top pairing offensive defenseman, likely candidate for captaincy after departure of Rick Nash.

Fedor Tyutin- All around talented two-way defenseman, underrated player.

Cam Atkinson- Former Hobey Baker finalist, diminutive winger (5'7) but with an excellent scoring touch. Led AHL in goals at recall. Had first NHL hat trick April 5, 2012 against the Colorado Avalanche.

Derek Dorsett- Grinding right wing, gives everything he has every night. Potted 12 goals last season while winning PIMs crown with 235.

3. Wants

a) Top 6 forward
b) 1b goaltender to push Sergei Bobrovsky
c) Top 6 forward prospect

4. Surplus

AHL defensemen.

Trade Bait

a) Rick Nash
b) Steve Mason
c) Derick Brassard

5. Prospects
Only counting players yet to make NHL debut
1. D-Ryan Murray (2012-2013)
2. C-Boone Jenner (2013-2014)
3. C-Michael Chaput (2013-2014)
4. G-Anton Forsber (2015-2016)
5. RW-Jean-Audy Marchessault (2012-2013)

6. Strengths

a) Defense is skilled and deep
b) Three excellent goalie prospects in the system
c) Strong character and shifting locker-room paradigm

7. Weaknesses

a) Top 6 Forwards are weak even with Rick Nash
b) Little experience in net
c) Forward prospect pool is lacking in skill

8. Draft Picks

2013-1st, 1st (LAK), 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
2014-1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

9. Cap Situation

Depends on Rick Nash situation. As it stands today, the Jackets have about 13 million in cap space.

10. Season Projection

The only guarantee I can make is that the team will not finish in last place. Realistically, the team could land anywhere between 6th and 13th in the West. The team that finished the year in Columbus was significantly better than the one that started it, and having a full season of Jack Johnson should be a boon to the franchise. The return for/of Rick Nash and the play of Sergei Bobrovsky are the two largest wild cards in how the Blue Jackets play this coming season.

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1) Starting Line-up
Lupul - Bozak - Kessel
VanReimsdyk - Grabovski - MacArthur
Kulemin - McClement - Connolly
Frattin - Steckel - Brown

Gunnarsson - Phaneuf
Liles - Komisarek
Gardiner - Franson

Reimer
Scrivens

Scratches:
Lombardi, F
Holzer, D

Top Call-ups
Kadri, F
D'Amigo, F
Blacker, D

2) Description
Kessel - Speed down the wing, amazing shot. Scores off the rush and can score off of almost nothing. Above average passer.

Lupul - Good shot, average size, played a more physical style than I've seen in his career while with Kessel.

Phaneuf - Dynamic offensive capabilities, big open ice hitter, puts himself out of position too much. Slowly getting better with the Leafs.

Reimer - Was completely and utterly solid for the Leafs right up until he came back from his injury. If he plays like he did pre-injury the Leafs don't need to look for a goalie, but the reason they are in the market for one is because he is not a guarantee.

3) Wants
a) #1 Center
b) Veteran goalie
c) Size in the bottom six

4) Surplus
a) 2nd/3rd line centers
b) 2nd/3rd line wingers
c) Right side playing d-men

Trade Bait
a) Lombardi
b) Franson
c) Connolly

5) Prospects
1. Nazem Kadri, F, ready
Skilled, flashy player, speedy, plays with an edge and is a bit of a pest. Will play in the top-9 sooner rather than later
2. Morgan Rielly, D, 1-2 years
Apparently the number 1 pick in the draft From the very small sample I've seen, he looked tremendous vs other rookies and sparked a debate about whether he should stay if he plays himself on the team. Impressive for someone who missed most of last season.
3. Tyler Biggs, W, 1-2 years
Lucic. Except on the right wing!

6) Strengths
a) Speed. Lots of it.
b) Forward depth. Several marlies could play now.
c) Balanced defense.

7) Weaknesses
a) Questionable goaltending.
b) Young team.
c) Lack of proven number 1 center.

8) Draft Picks
2013: TOR 1st, TOR 2nd, TOR 3rd, ANA 4th (Conditional; Longer Lupul plays, lower pick becomes, specifics unknown), TOR/NSH 4th (Conditional; Lombardi plays less than 60 games combined over the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seaons, then Leafs get the picks, if he plays more than 60 then Nashville gets the picks),TOR 5th, TOR 6th, TOR 7th
2014: TOR 1st, TOR 2nd, TOR 3rd, TOR 4th, TOR 5th, TOR 6th, TOR 7th

9) Cap Situation
About 6-7 million in cap space after Franson and Scrivens sign. Team can financially handle burying a contract in the minors.

10) Season Projection
Borderline playoff team. 7-14

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1) Starting Line-up

Offense:

Format: Player (natural position) - Player (natural position) - Player (natural position)

Joffrey Lupul (LW/RW) - James van Riemsdyk (LW) - Phil Kessel (RW)

Nikolai Kulemin (LW) - A Mikhail Grabovski (C) - Clarke MacArthur (LW)

Tyler Bozak (C) - Jay McClement (C) - Matt Frattin (RW)

Leo Komarov (C) - David Steckel (C) - Mike Brown (RW)

Scratches: Tim Connolly (C), Matthew Lombardi (C/LW)

Top Call-ups: Nazem Kadri (C/W), Jerry D'Amigo (RW), Joe Colborne (C)

Defense:

Format: Player (handedness) - Player (handedness)

Carl Gunnarsson (L) - C Dion Phaneuf (L)

Jake Gardiner (L) - John-Michael Liles (L)

Cody Franson (R) - Korbinian Holzer (R)

Scratches: Mike Komisarek (R)

Top Call-ups:
Jesse Blacker (R)

Goaltender:

James Reimer

Ben Scrivens

Top Call-ups: Mark Owuya

2) Description

A) Phil Kessel Pros: One of the most dynamic offensive threats in the game. Has great vision, explosive speed, and a top 5 release. Is most potent off the rush and with a passing option present to draw the defense away. Has an extremely underrated playmaking ability, as he consistently threads the needle on cross-zone and stretch passes. Most points are scored at even strength. Cons: Is consistently a defensive liability. Backchecks often but isn't effective in the defensive zone once he gets there. Occasionally tries to force plays and shots that just aren't there.

B) Dion Phaneuf Pros: Extremely physical with a mean streak. His checks are big, clean, and punishing. Has a strong offensive game with a massive shot from the point that he combines with his physical game to play an effective two-way role. A presence on the powerplay and a natural leader. Cons: Has a penchant for making boneheaded plays. Will go out of position to land a big hit and subsequently cause an odd-man rush while he tries to get back. Can be caught chasing in his own zone.

C) Joffrey Lupul Pros: Fantastic chemistry with Kessel. Know each others tendencies very well. Has the confidence and the skill to make risky offensive plays succeed. Underrated shot. Isn't afraid of contact. Cons: Doesn't engage physically with defenders. Has a tendency to cruise around in his own zone and just wait for a pass. Has glass-bone disease.

D) Jake Gardiner Pros: Best prospect the Leafs have had in a long time. Excellent vision, consistently makes intelligent plays, strong passing game, and Olympic skating ability. Uses his smart stick and high skating ability to stay in position even when it looks like he's out. Great offensive instincts. Cons: Is the opposite of the word "physical." Can typically avoid defenders with his athleticism, but if he can't, he's easily muscled off the puck. Is anything but a presence in front of his own net, although a quick stick helps him save face.

3) Wants:

a) A true #1 centre. Apparently management wants to try JvR there. Sounds like a terrible idea and nothing more than a duct tape fix.

b) A top pairing shutdown defenceman. Phaneuf is forced to do wayyyy too much on this team. Carl Gunnarsson is a great defenseman, but not a top pairing guy.

c) A bonafide starting goalie. The Leafs may or may not already have this in one of (or both, dare I dream) James Reimer and Ben Scrivens. If they crash and burn this year, it'll continue a saga of futility in net for Toronto dating back to when Belfour left.

4) Surplus:

a) Bottom sixers. The Leafs have so many bottom six players that if they really were what wins championships, we'd be swimming in them by now.

b) NHL ready offensive defensemen. JML, Cody Franson, Jake Gardiner, Jesse Blacker and Dion Phaneuf, with the recently drafted Morgan Rielly on the way.

c) Wingers. Nik Kulemin, MacArthur, Frattin, Kadri, and D'Amigo are all NHL capable wingers fighting for limited spots.

Trade Bait:
a) Cody Franson
b) Matt Frattin
c) Clarke MacArthur

5) Prospects:

1. Nazem Kadri (C/W) ETA: 2012-2013

Kadri is primed to make the jump to the NHL this season after a very productive year in the AHL capped by a big performance in the Marlies' run to the Calder Cup Final. He's a solid playmaker that can dangle with the best of them and is a reliable shootout specialist.

2. Morgan Rielly (D) ETA: 2014-2015

Rielly's a bit of a question mark, having played only 18 games in his draft year before being taken 5th overall, but what he has shown, he's looked great doing it. Rielly projects to be a top pairing two way defenseman with a lethal offensive game, and has all the tools to achieve that, if he fills into his 6'1" frame. He's already impressed at the Leafs summer rookie camp, but needs a substantial amount of development and is likely a good 2 years away.

6) Strengths:

a) Depth. The Leafs have NHL depth at nearly every position, especially defense.
b) Offense. Toronto has no problem at all scoring goals, finishing 10th in that department last season, and Phil Kessel and friends should keep that statistic true in the future.
c) Finance. The Leafs are lucky enough to be run by a board with extremely deep purses. This lets them spend to the cap and eat salary by burying bad contracts in the minors.

7) Weaknesses.


a) Defense. For all the NHL calibre defensemen we have, it seems as if none of them can actually play the system well. Part of that lies with ex-head coach Ron Wilson to be sure, but defense continues to be an Achilles Heel for this team. It doesn't help that our shutdown forward lines aren't very effective, either.

b) Goaltending. This has been discussed ad naseum. Toronto could put a Shooter Tutor in net and likely walk away with the same result.

c) Predictability. This is an off-the-rush team. It's two star players -- Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul -- both are at their most dangerous breaking into the offensive zone. After they're driven wide, they're not nearly as effective.

d) Possession. Somewhat a caveat of the previous point, Toronto lacks any positive puck possession players beyond the esteemed Mikhail Grabovski. Most of the forward corps are unable to run a cycle.

8) Draft Picks:


2013: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, NSH 4th (contingent on Lombardi), ANA 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
2014: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

9) Cap Situation:


The Leafs have $9,046,667 in cap space with only Cody Franson and Ben Scrivens left to re-sign. Another $20M opens up next season.

10) Season Projection:


The Leafs will probably be a playoff bubble team yet again, but this is dependent largely on the goalies' performance and how well the team adapts to Randy Carlyle's new system. With that level of volatility, I'm going to tentatively say anywhere from 8th to 15th in the East.

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JVR being slotted in as C is a joke, no one should actually think that it's a thing that is going to happen.

And Tim Connolly will not be a scratch.

Liles, Gunnarsson and Gardiner are FIRMLY entrenched as left side d-men. You will not see Liles and Gardiner on the same pairing.

Komisarek, Franson, and Holzer are all right handed, right side playing d-men, although Komi and Franson were forced to play left side several times. It was an even bigger disaster than normal.

Phaneuf is left handed, plays both sides, prefers right side.

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JVR being slotted in as C is a joke, no one should actually think that it's a thing that is going to happen.
That's management's decision, not mine.

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And Tim Connolly will not be a scratch.

Liles, Gunnarsson and Gardiner are FIRMLY entrenched as left side d-men. You will not see Liles and Gardiner on the same pairing.

Komisarek, Franson, and Holzer are all right handed, right side playing d-men, although Komi and Franson were forced to play left side several times. It was an even bigger disaster than normal.

Phaneuf is left handed, plays both sides, prefers right side.
Calm the hell down man. We're in the middle of July. Of course the roster isn't accurate. Jesus Christ.

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Owner: Eugene Melnyk
General Manager: Bryan Murray
Head Coach: Paul MacLean


1) Starting Line-up
Jakob Silfverberg - Jason Spezza - Milan Michalek
Guillaume Latendresse - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening - Zach Smith - Chris Neil
Peter Regin - Jim O'Brien - Erik Condra
Kaspars Daugavins - Bobby Butler

Jared Cowen - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - Sergei Gonchar
Marc Methot - Mike Lundin
Mark Borowiecki

Craig Andersson
Ben Bishop

Top Call-ups
Mika Zibanejad, C/RW
Stéphane Da Costa, C
Mark Stone, RW
Mike Hoffman, LW

Patrick Wiercoch, D
Eric Gryba, D

Robin Lehner, G


2) Description

Erik Karlsson:
Norris Trophy winner and leading point-getter among defensemen last season. The most important player on the team both offensively and defensively. He always has the puck and everything flows through him.

Jason Spezza:
First line centre. Good goal scorer and playmaker with improved defensive skills.

Milan Michalek:
Good complementary scorer, unlikely to score 35 again. Big fast two-way winger who mostly scores garbage goals.

Daniel Alfredsson:
Awesome Captain, may be his last year. Not sure what to expect with his on ice play except 100% effort.


3) Wants

a) 1st pairing defenseman
b) 1st line forward
c) Top 6 forward

The Sens have decent depth on the roster and a stacked AHL team with good prospects. They need top end players to improve.


4) Surplus

The Sens have a lot of prospects. However they are in a youth movement/rebuild, therefore are unlikely to move them.

They were also in the playoffs last year so are unlikely to move veteran/in their prime players. Alfredsson, Phillips and Neil are vets who will likely retire Senators.

So, no real surplus or trade bait in Ottawa. Just a wait and see game with the young players. Gonchar could certainly move if the team has a bad season, but he has a NMC.


5) Prospects

1. Mika Zibanejad, C/RW, ETA: 2013

Big, fast, feisty, two-way player with an excellent shot. Hopefully will be an awesome 2nd line centre in the Kesler mold.

2. Jakob Silfverberg, LW, ETA: 2012

Season and playoffs MVP in SEL this season. Hopefully will put up around 40 points this season. Good shot, two-way player.

3. Mark Stone, RW, ETA: 2013

First line potential. Big body, playmaker, very good offensive skills.

4. Robin Lehner, G, ETA: 2012

NHL ready now but likely won't be full time this season. Huge, skilled and great mental makeup. Rask-Lundqvist hybrid


6) Strengths
a) Erik Karlsson.
b) Coaching. MacLean brings a style that is very effective with this roster and a system built around Karlsson.
c) Prospects and young players. The Sens don't have an exceptional roster. However the prospect depth is exceptional, combined with their 2 young young studs on D, Cowen and Karlsson.


7) Weaknesses
a) Alfredsson, Spezza, Michalek and Latendresse all have an injury history. This group of 4 isn't elite as it is and an injury could cripple the scoring.
b) Questionable defense. Karlsson is awesome. Cowen has great tools but is still learning. Phillips and Gonchar are old and regressing. Is Methot the answer in the top 4? Don't think so.


8) Draft Picks
2013:
1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th. (2nd 2013 traded to St. Louis for Ben Bishop).

2014:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th


9) Cap Situation

Salary: $50,573,333
Bonuses: $1,175,000
Cap Space: $19,626,667

The Sens are likely done spending and won't add salary unless it's a top end player.


10) Season Projection

Easily could be in the playoffs, or not. Toss up. Flip a coin.

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1) Starting Line-up
Jakob Silfverberg - Jason Spezza - Milan Michalek
Guillaume Latendresse - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening - Zach Smith - Chris Neil
Peter Regin - Jim O'Brien - Erik Condra
Kaspars Daugavins - Bobby Butler

Jared Cowen - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - Sergei Gonchar
Marc Methot - Mike Lundin
Mark Borowiecki

Craig Andersson
Ben Bishop

Top Call-ups
Mika Zibanejad, C/RW
Stéphane Da Costa, C
Mark Stone, RW
Mike Hoffman, LW

Patrick Wiercoch, D
Eric Gryba, D

Robin Lehner, G

I don't see Silfverberg getting top-line minutes right away, but I think he'll get there at some point this season.

Daug wants a 1-way contract, and I recall a report saying the Sens will walk away if he gets a 1-way deal in arbitration. I think he plays somewhere else next season.

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I don't see Silfverberg getting top-line minutes right away, but I think he'll get there at some point this season.

Daug wants a 1-way contract, and I recall a report saying the Sens will walk away if he gets a 1-way deal in arbitration. I think he plays somewhere else next season.
hmm I dunno. They threw Silf in there in the playoffs last year, they must be high on him. I think he gets a crack at the top 6 before Regin.

Why would they qualify Daug though? They knew he would go to arbitration and get a 1-way... they must be ok with it no? Is arbitration even allowed to award 2-way contracts? Not sure how it works.

The AHL team is stacked, they must want Daug back...

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Thank for taking the time to put this together, takes knowledge and time to do this. Here's where I would differ from you though:

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1) Starting Line-up
Guillaume Latendresse - Jason Spezza - Milan Michalek
Peter Regin* - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening - Zach Smith - Jakob Silfverberg
Chris Neil - Jim O'Brien - Erik Condra
Bobby Butler

*Not sure Regin stays healthy for more than 3 games. Could see Greening moving up in his spot.


Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowan - Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips - Mike Lundin
Mark Borowiecki

Craig Andersson
Ben Bishop

Top Call-ups
Mike Hoffman, C
Mark Stone, RW
Mika Zibanejad, C/RW

Patrick Wiercoch, D
Eric Gryba, D

Robin Lehner, G

3) Wants

The Senators wants will largely depend on how our prospects transition into NHL time. In the projected starting line-up, I tried to include as few of our better prospects as possible. However, our opening day roster could include the likes of Jakob Silfverberg, Mika Zibanejad and Mark Stone.

If our prospects are able to jump right in and fill the void, I suspect the Senators will have relatively few wants going forward. However, should any of our prospects falter and if we don't get off to a good start, look for the Sens to make some moves around December.

Until we have a better understanding of exactly what role our prospects are going to play, these are our only current wants, IMO:

This is where I probably disagree the most:

a)Bottom-pairing/7th defenseman.
I think we need to start looking for a replacement for Gonchar. So I would say our immediate need, is a top 4 defenseman.

b)Bottom-six forward (depending upon which prospects make the line-up, if any)
Again, what we really need is to find a top 6, if not a top line forward. I think Latendresse, if he stays healthy, will do fine but we can't count on Regin and too soon to say if one of our rookies will step up. This is our most glaring need right now that was not address this summer.

7) Weaknesses
a) Inexperience. There is no certainty that our kids will do well this year. If they can't, will our veterans fill the void?

b) Goaltending. Will Craig Anderson be consistent? If not, will Ben Bishop seize the starter's job? Depth is lacking a bit there still.

Don't think this is a weak spot for us at all. Not many teams have 3 NHL-ready goaltenders in their organization.

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1)(with Gaborik Iinjured)

Kreider-Richards-Doan
Huselius-Stepan-Callahan
Hagelin-Anisimov-Pyatt
Asham-Halpern-Boyle

McDonagh-Girardi
Del Zotto-Staal
Stralman-Rozsival

Jesus Christ
Biron

That's what I want. Here's what it will be

Kreider-Richards-Callahan
Hagelin-Stepan-Anisimov
Dubinsky-Boyle-Pyatt
Asham-Halpern-Rupp

McDonagh-Girardi
Staal-Stralman
Del Zotto-Bickel

They actually got the goalies right

2)Henrik Lundqvist (aka Jesus Christ): Best goalie in the league. This is pretty much the team. Without Lundqvist it goes nowhere

Ryan McDonagh: Without question, the anchor of our defense corps. 2nd best player on the team behind Lundqvist imo.

Brad Richards: With Gaborik hurt, this man is pretty much the team's entire offense.



3)Wants
a)Scoring
b)Scoring
c)Scoring
d)Scoring
e)Scoring

4)Surplus
a)Defense
b)Goaltending
c)Defense

Trade Bait
a)Dubinsky
b)Thomas
c)McIlrath
d)Erixon
e)Dubinsky

5)Prospects

Chris Kreider(wing): Has yet to play a game and already projects to be on the teams 1st line this season. I think that says more about the team than him, but he's going to be a 1st line player without question. 30/30/60 upside.

Dylan McIlrath(defense): He's big. That's about it.

Christian Thomas(wing): Shoots like Sakic; does nothing else. 30 goal ceiling, very little chance of reaching it because he has no size.

Brady Skeji(defense): Perhaps an even better skater than McDonagh. Not much else is known about this raw 2012 1st rounder, but I think the Rangers are looking for another McDonagh.

Tim Erixon(defense): Could crack the roster this year. Solid top 4 prospect with very balanced abilities. Great at nothing, solid at everything.

6) Strengths
a)Defense
b)Lundqvist
c)Toughness
d)Penalty Killing


7) Weaknesses
a)We can't score
b)Powerplay
c)Puck possession
d)We can't score
e)Basically anything related to scoring and/or having the puck on our sticks

8) Draft Picks
2013: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th
2014: Everything is normal

9)
Used cappage: $55,083,334
Bonuses:$1,250,000
Free Space: $15,116,666

10) As the team stands they have a wonderful defense and the best goaltender. Based on that, they'll make the playoffs. However this team can't score a lick without Gaborik and gets beat 70-30 in possession consistently. It worked last year but I think that was an aberration. I expect the Flyers and Penguins to both have much better seasons so forget about the division. I expect a 6th or 7th place finish.


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