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07-01-2013, 06:37 AM
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Um yeh, no chance we get Lecavelier.

I like Nichushkin in the line up on a line with Eriksson..

Whitney-Benn-Chiasson
Eriksson-XX-Nichushkin

Would love the 2nd line C to be Filpulla

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07-01-2013, 08:15 AM
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Um yeh, no chance we get Lecavelier.

I like Nichushkin in the line up on a line with Eriksson..

Whitney-Benn-Chiasson
Eriksson-XX-Nichushkin

Would love the 2nd line C to be Filpulla
Benn won't be playing center with Nill around.

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07-01-2013, 08:23 AM
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Benn won't be playing center with Nill around.
Everyone keeps saying this like it's set in stone. All he ever said was that they see his future at wing. If they can't find a replacement their hand will be forced and honestly, if he played like he did two years ago it wouldn't be a bad thing.

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07-01-2013, 08:27 AM
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He said as recently as yesterday that he's a great winger and we have to fill the middle hole that we have.

They're going to be doing as much as possible to prevent him playing as a center.

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My point is that if they strike out on Lecavalier, Weiss, Flip, Bozak, fail to trade for Stastny or otherwise attain any other legit top 6 centers they will literally have no choice but to play Benn at center. That wouldn't be tragic but obviously they're going to do their best to add a couple centers.

That's different than saying that Benn flat out won't be a center while Nill is here.

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07-01-2013, 08:43 AM
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Well obviously if we don't sign a single player, we'll have to put Benn in. The season would be absolutely screwed either way of that were to happen.

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07-01-2013, 09:09 AM
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I agree with GS that we're not necessarily screwed if Benn is still at center - and there is a chance he is. He can do the job, he just didn't do it all that well last season. Just like Loui didn't really do his job either. Doesn't mean he can't, he just didn't.

PREFERABLY we find two guys to fill the top two center holes and Benn is moved back to wing.

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07-01-2013, 09:12 AM
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There appears to be quite abit of personnel fallout from the change to NIll and Ruff.

On defense,

I think its clear that Oleskiak and Morrow get another year on the farm or at least until the trade deadline and Connaton is in the pole position of the kids.

Likely one or two of the current group are gone, Rome daley Robi larsen. I think Gogo Gonchar and Dillon stay. It possible that everyone stays but Larsen who is simply waived or dealt for a low pick.

A similar approach is likely with the forwards. I have a hard time seeing how Reilly Smith makes this team unless they feel his defense has improved enough to displace aguy like garbutt. . Matt Fraser is a throw in or trade bait with Ritchie now right behind him. I am sure they would like to redshirt Nish but likely the russian thing keeps him in dallas.

Whitney-?-Erikson
Benn-?-Chaisson
Cole-Eakin-Nish
Roussell-Fiddler-Garbutt/Mcdermid

I still suspect despite the search fror top centers , there is aplan B. Nill will look at guys like Cleary who he knows well and can fill a ton of roles and who with Eakin play a bunch of third line minutes.

Chaisson seems like he has nothing to prove in Austin but again they could go slow. Glennie may be better than garbutt and more versatile if he accepts his role. Should be interesting this year.

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07-01-2013, 11:15 AM
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Um yeh, no chance we get Lecavelier.

I like Nichushkin in the line up on a line with Eriksson..

Whitney-Benn-Chiasson
Eriksson-XX-Nichushkin

Would love the 2nd line C to be Filpulla
Filppula is a better wing, so two guys better at wing playing center..No thanks. Filppula is like 27 I think and only had one good offensive NHL season.

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07-01-2013, 11:25 AM
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Personally, I'd like to see:

Benn-???-Eriksson
Whitney-???-Nichushkin
Cole-Eakin-Chiasson
Roussel-Fiddler-Fraser

The idea of a big bodied, physical player alongside either a young or skilled/finesse player is ideal. Still can't believe we got Nichushkin at 10 after it was proposed that we move up to 7 or 8 to try and get him!

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07-01-2013, 02:23 PM
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Benn - Lecavalier - Eriksson
Whitney - Filppula - Nichushkin
Cole - Eakin - Chiasson
Roussel - Fiddler - Garbutt

That would be quite ideal lineup, assuming Stars acquire those two great centers and Nichushkin proves to be what we hope for.

Third line would have tremendous scoring potential.


MacDermid, Fraser and Smith closest to NHL.

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07-01-2013, 06:39 PM
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Benn - Lecavalier - Eriksson
Whitney - Filppula - Nichushkin
Cole - Eakin - Chiasson
Roussel - Fiddler - Garbutt

That would be quite ideal lineup, assuming Stars acquire those two great centers and Nichushkin proves to be what we hope for.

Third line would have tremendous scoring potential.


MacDermid, Fraser and Smith closest to NHL.
Filppula isn't a natural center and his only breakout year was as a winger.

The only real option is to sign vinny and make a trade a defensive prospect or Daley or Goligoski to most likely an eastern team with center depth.

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07-01-2013, 06:44 PM
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A day after the draft that saw us net a player destined to at the very least begin the season in Dallas I'll play along. This is a combination of what I would like to see and what I think is somewhat realistic realistic.

Benn-Lecavalier/Weiss-Eriksson
Whitney-Eakin-Nichushkin
Cole-B. Gordon-Chiasson
Roussel-Fiddler-Sceviour


Even though Nichushkin is supposed to have a good defensive game, while he gets used to the speed and different style of the North American game I'd like to see him paired with either Eriksson or Eakin.

A post free agency version seems much more prudent.

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07-01-2013, 07:09 PM
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A day after the draft that saw us net a player destined to at the very least begin the season in Dallas I'll play along. This is a combination of what I would like to see and what I think is somewhat realistic realistic.

Benn-Lecavalier/Weiss-Eriksson
Whitney-Eakin-Nichushkin
Cole-B. Gordon-Chiasson
Roussel-Fiddler-Sceviour


Even though Nichushkin is supposed to have a good defensive game, while he gets used to the speed and different style of the North American game I'd like to see him paired with either Eriksson or Eakin.

A post free agency version seems much more prudent.
I agree. He's already a great two-way player, but playing with Louie could really help his game even more.

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A day after the draft that saw us net a player destined to at the very least begin the season in Dallas I'll play along. This is a combination of what I would like to see and what I think is somewhat realistic realistic.

Benn-Lecavalier/Weiss-Eriksson
Whitney-Eakin-Nichushkin
Cole-B. Gordon-Chiasson
Roussel-Fiddler-Sceviour


Even though Nichushkin is supposed to have a good defensive game, while he gets used to the speed and different style of the North American game I'd like to see him paired with either Eriksson or Eakin.

A post free agency version seems much more prudent.
From what I've seen and read, I think this is another aspect of his game that he needs to work on. Offensively, his style should adapt fairly well, though he will need to get used to the fact that he'll no longer be the biggest guy out on the ice and that he's bound to get rocked (plays with his head down at times).

He certainly has the capability to play good defense and his speed and power make him a presence on the back check, but positionally (in his own end) he could use a lot of work. One thing I did notice was that he's not the type of player to leave the zone before the puck is out, which is a huge bonus (likes to carry it out himself). I think it'll be a matter of pairing him with defensively responsible players that will also hold him accountable (i.e. Eriksson and Eakin).

I think you're definitely onto something.

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07-01-2013, 09:21 PM
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One of the TSN talking heads said that he really needed to play with a creative center. While I don't think that would hurt I think what he needs more than anything is a guy who can reliably get him the puck. Eakin isn't devoid of offense but his best attribute is his puck-hunting skills. I think they could be a good pair together.

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I feel like Nichushkin and Eriksson could make Eakin a top 6 center pretty easily. Only problem is where to put Benn, assuming we get Lecavalier.

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I feel like Nichushkin and Eriksson could make Eakin a top 6 center pretty easily. Only problem is where to put Benn, assuming we get Lecavalier.
On Lecavalier's wing haha.

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On Lecavalier's wing haha.
Yea, I don't know why I'm trying to keep Chiasson and Whitney together based on ~8 games.

Whitney - Lecavalier - Benn
Eriksson - Eakin - Nichushkin

I'd be pretty confident with that.

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I feel like Nichushkin and Eriksson could make Eakin a top 6 center pretty easily. Only problem is where to put Benn, assuming we get Lecavalier.
Whitney - Benn - Chiasson
Cole - Lecavalier - Filppula/Horton
Eriksson - Eakin - Nichushkin

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Whitney - Benn - Chiasson
Cole - Lecavalier - Filppula/Horton
Eriksson - Eakin - Nichushkin

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No Benn at center!!!

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Whitney - Benn - Chiasson
Cole - Lecavalier - Filppula/Horton
Eriksson - Eakin - Nichushkin

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What is the obsession with Whitney and Chiasson sticking together?

I just feel like that's too spread out, almost. Depth is great, but for whatever reason Eriksson and Nichushkin being on the 3rd line bothers me.

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Yea, I don't know why I'm trying to keep Chiasson and Whitney together based on ~8 games.

Whitney - Lecavalier - Benn
Eriksson - Eakin - Nichushkin

I'd be pretty confident with that.
Please no, before coming to Dallas Benn was a left wing, I would really like to see him get a shot were he seems most comfortable.

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No Benn at center!!!
Ah. That's what we're doing. Alrighty then.

Benn - Lecavalier - Me
Whitney - Filppula - Chiasson
Eriksson - Eakin - Nichushkin
Roussel - Fiddler - You
Cole

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Ah. That's what we're doing. Alrighty then.

Benn - Lecavalier - Me
Whitney - Filppula - Chiasson
Eriksson - Eakin - Nichushkin
Roussel - Fiddler - You

?
Not bad, just switch Me and You and we're golden. Phh, putting You(me) on the 4th line.

I just think it should be a last case scenario to have him play center.

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