Anaheim is a team built with a focus on balance. If you look at our team, you will not see any holes.
We have a strong top 6 forward group with size, speed and skill. We have a top 15 centre in the game in Jason Spezza, and while he has succumb to some injuries in the past, we feel we have the necessary centre depth to allow our players to slot higher up in the line-up if need be. Our third line is a combination of energy, speed and strong defensive play. Every one of these players is also capable of filling in on the second line. Our fourth line features physicality, size and veteran leadership. Our extra forward, Matthew Lombardi, can be extremely effective on a third line and PK as well.
Our defence is well rounded. Top pair has a top 15 defenceman Alex Edler and one of the best DFD in the game in Josh Gorges. We have a strong two way second pair, and a bottom pair featuring a veteran DFD paired with an extremely talented two way rookie.
We have one of the top goalie tandems in the game. Kari Lehtonen is a top 5 goalie in the NHL and will carry the bulk of the load. Backing him up is Matheiu Garon, an experienced, cup winning tender who has played a starter role in the past. We feel he will flourish in this limited role.
All in all, our team features only 4 players who have won the cup. While this may be low compared to other teams, we also have 3 more players who have played in a cup final.
Nothing about our team stands out. I guarantee you will find a team who is better offensively, but look at their defence and goalies, they are much worse. There will be teams who are stronger defensively, but look at their offence, ours is much superior. The Anaheim Ducks are clearly the most balanced and well-built team in this league, and therefore will ultimately win the Stanley Cup.
The New Jersey Devils are proud to have assembled what we believe is a Cup team. The Devils boast a very balanced team full of 2-way players, excellent depth, and star players.
Our offense is led by a top 10 NHL center in Giroux, his team-mate Voracek, and budding star Jonathan Huberdeau. We expect each player on this line will put up big points next year without slacking defensively. Our second and third lines are both capable of playing bigger minutes if necessary. Our secondary scoring line features a good mix of youth and veteran experience to excel against 2nd pairing dmen. Brandon Sutter is one of the top defensive centers in the league, and with 2 very good defensive players on his wings in Kruger and Moss our shut-down line will match up well against top lines while providing some offense. Our 4th line features a mix of size, grit, some scoring, and a very good faceoff man in MacKenzie.
Our defense features a mix of strong offense and defense in what we believe is a very strong defensive group. Each pairing features strong offense, defense, and grit. Our top 4 dmen regularly logged big minutes last year and are capable of doing the same this year. Our 3rd pairing features a very promising young defenseman in Braun and a strong defensive vet presence in Rome.
Luongo, when given the #1 role as he will on our club, is a workhorse with very good numbers over the last few years. Carrying a vancouver team with an injury riddled defense to the cup finals, we believe Luongo can bring home that Stanley Cup. Our back-up, Jake Allen, looks to have a very promising future and we believe will do well in his limited action behind Luongo.
Our 13th forward and 7th dman are also capable of stepping into the lineup in case of injuries without hurting the team's performance.
We believe our New Jersey Devils features the perfect mix of offensive talent, defensive talent, 2-way play, youth and experience, along with grit and very good goaltending.
I’d like to name my top line the ‘Russian Connection’ line, not only are they all Russian but they fit each other perfectly. Down the middle you have one of the top centres in the game, who is arguably the 2nd best player in the world and who has the ability to keep the puck on a string and sift through defenders. You put a young up and coming sniper on his wing who has phenomenal sniping ability, great puck skills and the speed to be a constant scoring threat and you have a great 1-2 punch there. To level out the line I put a great two-way forward who has not been as great offensively as he has in the past but is used in more defensive situation nowadays, and who has had chemistry with Malkin in the past and you have a solid line. Not to mention that he is a beast on skates at around 225 pounds, who hits, and has great speed for his size. The rest of my forward group is built around speed, size, two-way ability, not to mention that almost all of my forwards play the PK.
Now, on to my group of defenders. I feel it is a very well rounded group. First you have Campbell who is up there with the best of them in regards to puck-moving defensemen, and you have him paired with an underrated DFD who was also Ottawa’s best defenseman after Karlsson went down with an injury and who also led the Senators to the playoffs despite their star players injury’s and you have a solid top pairing. Next you have Gonchar on the 2nd pairing who was also on pace for around 50 points over 82 games this past season despite his age which is impressive, paired with a very solid mobile, two-way defenseman. You finish it off with 2 underrated DFD and you have a well round group of D. Finishing my team off with a top 10 goalie and a great veteran backup and I believe my team can challenge for the Stanley cup.
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Ales Hemsky
Jussi Jokinen - Bryan Little - Kyle Okposo
Ryane Clowe - Brooks Laich - Magnus Paajarvi
Mike Brown - Jay McClement - Craig Adams
Extra: Paul Bissonnette
Dion Phaneuf - Justin Faulk
Johnny Oduya - Travis Hamonic
Ian Cole - Jamie McBain
Extra: Hall Gill
The Atlanta Thrashers, an unstoppable force and an immovable object.
One our first line we have two of the last 4 Art Ross winners, and the best tandem of the last decade. These two have shown they can lead a team to the finals in the past, and we would not be surprised to see them do it again. Our center depth is one of our best assets on our team. Sedin and Little are both #1 centers on their respective team, Laich is a do-it-all #2, and McClement is a top 5 shut down center in the league. Our wings provide plenty of scoring and toughness, and our bottom 6 is arguably the best in the league.
Our defense is headed by Dion Phaneuf, a top 15, all round defenseman. Paired with Faulk, a strong #2, Dion finally has stability beside him that he hasn’t seen since his time in Calgary. It would not be out of the question for him to return to top 5 form. Our second pair is probably the best shutdown pair in the league. Playing 23 minutes a game, Oduya is fresh off a cup win where he was the best defensive presence on that team. Combining him with the young Hamonic, teams first lines are going to have a hard time against us. Our third pair consists of two younger players who still have growing to do, but in a sheltered role of 15 min/game, they will do just fine.
Lastly, our goaltending is comprised of the greatest of all time, and a great up and comer. One year removed from leading his team to the cup finals, Marty still has what it takes to win one last championship. He can also provide solid mentorship for our backup, who was 2nd in save% last year among goalies who started more than 10 games.
We believe that when you put together everything listed above, we are at the very least a playoff team, and have the ability to surprise alot of people with our balance of leadership, youth, heart, grit, skill and work ethic.
Yandle - Alzner
Nikitin - Schultz
Leopold - Engelland
The top line will score - a lot. For the first time, Tavares is paired with an elite winger in 35g scorer Vrbata. Palmieri provides a great scoring touch; Anaheims replacement for Ryan.
The 2nd line portrays size, grit, two-way play, and good scoring.
The third line is diverse; Jones is a banger, who already has two 15+ seasons in his young career. Couts provides great shut-down skill, and Comeau is a jack-of-all trades guy who is two seaons off of a 24g season.
The fourth line has a veteran, two-way guy in Aucoin, with a scoring touch in Wingels, and a big, tough forechecker in Clifford. Bordeleau can step in to keep the opposition honest occasionally.
The defense core is a constant scoring threat. Yandle was Phoenix's top scorer last year, and Alzner will allow Yandle to play the game he's best at. Schultz and Leopold are two guys who can create offense. Nikitin is a big, top-4 guy out of Columbus who plays defense-first, but can still move the puck well. Engellend provides some toughness, and Prout is a good young depth guy who can slot in as needed.
Howard has been top-10 in both GAA and SV% the last two years. Budaj is a dependable back-up; who knows his role as a backup, and can be depended on for 15-20 games a year.
Last edited by HarrisonFord: 07-21-2013 at 01:36 PM.
Following the typical Whalers blueprint, this team was built upon the foundation of a big, tough, tenacious core, sprinkled in with some skill and veteran leadership. Up front the 1st line consists of 2 huge skilled players and a top notch complimentary pest. The 2nd line is a changeup from the rest of the forward core; all about speed and finesse to keep rival coaches honest. The 3rd line is one of the hardest forchecking and hitting lines built to wreak havoc on other teams. The 4th line brings a mix of youthfill skill and a fearless warrior vet presence. On the Backend we are proud to boast arguably the best 1st paring in the entire draft, who's styles are tailor made for each other. The second pairing consists of to young defensemen who proved capable of playing tough minutes and compliment each others skills. The 3rd pairing provides 2 veterans who are responsible and can be counted on to log important minutes. We are happy to have the recent cup winning goalie in between the pipes for us, he has proven to be capable of stealing games, bounced back from facing adversity and provided Conn Smythe calibre goaltending in the playoffs this year.
C- Brent Seabrook (Grizzled Veteran with 2 cups in past 5 years, Gold Medal Olympian, has a knack for scoring clutch goals in important games, great vocal leader in locker room)
A - Jamie Benn (One of the top young up and coming team leaders in the league, already an all star calibre talent)
A - Erik Karlsson (A player who can lead by his play on ice, has become the face of his franchise and respect league wide)
This team is built for the playoffs and to win now. 1st line consisting of 3 power forward type guys with skill and two great leaders in Staal who's won a cup and a consistent 70+ point #1C and Iginla who's a leader and will do anything to win. 2nd line has size and skill also, with the likes of Lecavalier and Mr. Playoff clutch himself in Daniel Briere. 3rd and 4th lines are big and nasty and will wear opponents down during a long series. Handzus proved he still has what it takes and was a vital part in Chicago recent winning the cup as their 2C. Torres will lay some massive hits and Winnk was great this year coming in 4th in ice time for Ducks forwards. Smyth provides a ton of leadership and every team needs a good pest that can irritate the other team and score, Carcillos that guy. A defence lead by Danny Boyle who's always great and Scudari who has a couple cup rings. Rounded out by big picking moving dmen and physical playoff tested guys who won't give up an inch, an in goal were led by Nik Backstrom who's always good and can get hot and steal some games, and was tied for the most wins by a goalie this year. Lastly spare players Tatar and Martinez have proven to be good when given a chance and can step and play at any time.
Brendan Gallagher - Patrick Marleau - Martin St. Louis (Captain)
Vladimir Tarasenko - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jason Pominville (Assistant)
Joakim Andersson - Lars Eller - Dainus Zubrus (Assistant)
Jaden Schwartz - Gregory Campbell - Jason Zucker
Our roster consists of a number of veterans who are A-list players. The team also contains a plethora of youngsters, but the great thing is that those youngsters are all high-ceiling players and will contribute towards winning, surrounded by veterans. The top line is smallish on the wing, but they certainly don't play small. Gallagher is Brad Marchand in the making, who already had a very strong playoffs for Montreal, and not much has to be said about Marty, who has multiple NHL awards under his belt and a Cup to boot. The 2nd line is also skilled with Pominville providing a veteran, and responsible two-way presence. I'm comfortable with my 3rd line in providing offense when needed, and also taking care of their own end. Zubrus is an underrated third liner, who can play up in the lineup as well and Eller is more of a 2nd line C, but because he's such a responsible two-way player he can man my third line. Campbell is a great defensive forward and forechecker on my 4th line alongside two speedsters.
Zach Bogosian - Jonas Brodin
Tony Lydman - Chris Tanev
Alexei Emelin - David Schlemko
Defense is not a strength of this team but at least I have two studs in the making in Bogosian and Brodin. Lydman provides a veteran presence in the top 4 and Tanev is one of Vancouver's most reliable D-man. The offense will be scarce from the back end, but I don't think keeping the puck out of the net will be a problem. Emelin provides toughness, and Gudas can pop in and out, depending on when the team needs more toughness at the back end.
In our opinion, the best Goalie in the business is manning our net and that gives us a luxury. A team with Henrik can steal series. Khudobin is a fine back-up for Boston until now and gives me a reliable option in case Lundqvist is hurt.
C: Patrice Bergeron
A: Jack Johnson
A: Brooks Orpik
Alex Burrows - Patrice Bergeron - Jeff Carter
Justin Williams - Jordan Staal - Tomas Kopecky
Jodan Caron - Dave Bolland - Trevor Lewis
Jordan Nolan - Brad Richardson - Adam Burish
Jack Johnson - Brooks Orpik
Nick Leddy - Tyler Myers
Adam Mcquaid - Marc Andre Bergeron
This team is built for the playoffs and to win now. Our 1st line consists of a warrior two way C in Patrice Bergeron surrounded by two clutch playoff goal scorers (Burrows, Carter) 2/3 of this line as won a cup recently and are really successful in playoffs. The second line consists of another two way C in Jordan Staal, who's also won a cup, playing with another clutch playoff sniper in Justin Williams. The 3rd guy on the line is Tomas Kopecy who's really developed into a solid scorer for Florida. 3/3 of these players on the second line has won a cup recently. Bolland won 2 cups in the past 4 years as a third liner and Trevor Lewis won a cup on the third line with the kings. Caron + Bolland + Lewis would be a pretty good shutdown line. Our 4th line consists of Nolan and Richardson who was both on La's 4th line when they won the cup in 2012 and Burish who won the cup on the 4th line for chicago in 2010.
Our first pairing defense consists of an amazing offensive dman and leader in Jack Johnson who is point per game in nhl playoffs so far, and his partner is a stanley cup first pairing shutdown dman in Orpik. Our second pairing consists of a young top 4 dman in Nick Leddy who's also won a cup this year, and with him I have Tyler Myers standing by his side. Our third pairing is Mcquaid who won a cup with the Bruins on the third pairing (good shutdown and pk dman) and M.Bergeron whos been a clutch playoff performer for Edmonton and Montreal.
My starter goalie is Mike Smith, whos been a god in the 2012 playoffs and the backup is Michael Leighton who took the Flyers to the finals in 2010
Beleskey and Gragnani are my extras LOL Gragnani 7 points in career playoff games in the NHL
13/18 of my forwards/dman has won cups recently and my team has a total of 15 cups
Last edited by WhatASaveDave: 07-21-2013 at 07:20 PM.
This is my thoery on building a cup winning team; build top 6 and bottom 6 style team with both a 1A and 1B goalie rotation. For the defence have 1D able to log at least 30-40 mins a night (Duncan keith) while his partner(s) can be rotated in succession. For the forwards, have a good center depth (mainly TW) , for the wingers they must be belligerent and be able to play the dirty game both in corners and infront of the net (PWF , TWF). This team is built to wear down the opposition with its grit and prowess, along with its extraordinary special teams; PK = ( 1 : vermette , Stoll, keith, rozsival. 2: talbot,fedotenko , souray, Harrold) and PP= (1: ladd,sharp, hossa, keith ,voynov. 2: cole, vermette,talbot,souray, stralman). Ofc being tough isnt everything , you must also score. 8 out of my top 9 speak for themselves when it comes to offence along with 5out of 6 Defence rack up tons of points. My 4th line is not only gritty due to Asham but mainly due to the super goon Roussel producing 7g 7a 14pts and 85pm in only 39 games! but the most thrilling piece of the team is Pageau, this 5' gem , scoring 4 goals in his first NHL playoff series and unbelievably scoring a hattrick on Carey ****ng Price ! Finally my goaltending is phenomenal, with Emery as 1A and Bryz as 1B , both goalies are able to acquire "Hacks" records during the regular season, but once in playoffs , Emery will be able to bring this team to the cup final like what he did in Ottawa.
Andrew Ladd - Patrick Sharp - Marian Hossa
Erik Cole - Antoine vermette - Todd Bertuzzi
Maxime talbot - Jarret Stoll - Ruslan Fedotenko
Arron Asham - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Antoine Roussel
Duncan keith - Slava Voynov
Sheldon Souray - Michal Rozsíval
Anton Stralman - Peter Harrold
this roster has totalled up to at least 19 stanley cups , and the majority Of these players have been proven as Warriors when it comes to playoffs especially Patrick Sharp , what a ****ing beast .
C : Ladd
A : Sharp + Keith
Last edited by PenFifteen: 07-21-2013 at 07:21 PM.
Milan Lucic(C) - David Krejci(A) - Brandon Saad
Rene Bourque - Travis Zajac - Kris Versteeg
Gabriel Bourque - Paul Gaustad - David Jones
B.J. Crombeen - Jay Beagle - Joey Crabb
Alex Goligoski(A) - John Carlson
Jan Hejda - Matt Irwin
Joe Corvo - Francis Bouillon
Captain: Milan Lucic Assistant: David Krejci Assistant: Alex Goligoski
The first line consists of Krejci's playoff production, size, and two-way ability. Milan Lucic's size, strength, intimidation, and net presence as one of the best mean power forwards in the game. Two guys with size and grit, alongside Brandon Saad who is more then capable of playing with skilled players.
The second line consists of Kris Versteeg and Travis Zajac. Both are playoff performers, and capable two-way players. Alongside them Rene Bourque brings a gritty, aggressive, quick skater who can score goals in bunches.
The third line consists of size, grit, and scoring ability. Paul Gaustad brings size and one of the best face-off men in the league. David Jones brings size and goal scoring. Gabriel Bourque finishes off the line with grit, speed and scoring ability.
The fourth line brings positional play along with grit and speed. Crabb and Beagle are both very good physical and positional players. B.J. Crombeen brings his size and strength down low.
The first defensive pairing has speed, vision, shut down capabilities, and playoff performers. Although still quite young, John Carlson and Alex Goligoski have played their fair share of playoff hockey. John Carlson has played a constant shut down role for the Capitals during the playoffs.
The second defensive pairing has a veteran, positional, physical presence in Jan Hejda. A solid defensive defenseman who will block shots, play those tough minutes and play solid hockey. Paired with Matt Irwin who has some good offensive capabilities and is still quite young.
The third defensive pairing is two veteran defensemen. Corvo has good offensive abilities and makes sure that the puck can get out of the zone. Bouillon is a good positional defenseman who can hit, block shots, and can get the puck out when needed.
Ryan Miller has been one of the most consistent goalies in the NHL. Ryan Miller has maintained good numbers through the years in Buffalo. Bad and good, Miller's numbers have always been impressive.
This team is an aggressive fore-check, in your face, gritty, deep team. All players are capable of playing their role on the team.
Captain: Joffrey Lupul
Alternate 1: Alex Ovechkin
Alternate 2: Andy Greene
Marcus Johansson - Paul Stastny - Alex Ovechkin
Joffrey Lupul - Patrick Kane - Jaromir Jagr
Lee Stempniak - Mikael Samuelsson - Brad Boyes
Sven Baertschi - Tim Brent - Torrey Mitchell
Jay Bouwmeester - Matt Carle
Andy Greene - TJ Brodie
Shane O'Brein - Eric Gryba
Our team is built to win. The first forward line consists of 2/3s of the Capitals' first line, a playmaking Swede and the best sniper in the game. The two are centered by one of the best tape-to-tape passers in the league. Second line has Lupul, who is a PWF and PPG player the past two seasons centered by recent Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane, and arguably the best hockey player ever on the right wing, Jagr. Third line has Lee Stempniak, who's coming off a successful season in Calgary, with a veteran who can score in Samuelsson and Boyes who can make plays and score just like his line mates. Baertschi will be playing sheltered minutes on the fourth line, with defensive specialist Tim Brent, and gritty two-way forward Torrey Mitchell. White is the extra, a feisty agitator.
The top pairing is defensively-reliable JBo with an offensive d-man in Carle, Matt will be able to take offensive risks knowing that Bouwmeester can cover if needed. Andy Greene is a top-pairing two-way minute eater, who plays on our second pair with young offensive dman TJ Brodie. Greene is solid in both ends, and allows Brodie to take risks, much like our first pairing. Our third pair is two defensive dmen who are gritty, black and blue players who are tough to play against. O'Brein is paired with a younger DFD who logged big minutes in Ottawa. Tim Erixon is another DFD who is young, and hard to play against and our extra dman.
Our starting goaltender is a proven winner, Marc-Andre Fleury has overcome criticism at every level he has played at and proved he is a winner with his Stanley cup, Olympic gold medal and two world junior silver medals. Our backup goaltender is believed by many to be a starting quality goalie in the NHL, he also has exceptional character returning this season.
Jiri Tlusty - Matt Duchene - Ryan Callahan
Cody Eakin - David Desharnais - Martin Havlat
Brandon Prust - Shawn Matthias - Patrick Eaves
Ben Eager - Zenon Konopka - Patrick Dwyer
Extra: Eric Tangradi
Adam Larsson - Niklas Kronwall
Jake Gardiner - Jeff Petry
Torrey Krug - Grant Clitsome
Extra: Adrian Aucoin
Line 1: My first lineup features a mix of goal scoring, creativity and passing ability. Although they are young except for Ryan Callahan, they shown exceptional talent on the ice. Jiri Tlusty led all LW with goals this year and with Matt Duchene's exceptional playmaking skills and Callahan ability to go into the dirty corners, his goals will likely go up.
Line 2: My second features a mix of good offensive talent. Although they can be a bit soft, there's no doubt they can beat a team with speed. Cody Eakin had a breakout year and with increased ice-time and better line mates his numbers will go up. Having a center like David Desharnais brings good puck skills and creativity to this team along with speedy scoring winger Martin Havlat.
Line 3/4: My 3rd and 4th lineup features a mix of physicality and defensive skills. They can all play pk and brings some nasty hits to the other team. My third line will be the shutdown line, targeting star players and intimidating the other team and my fourth line will be the hardworking and energizing line featuring Konopka, Dwyer and Eager.
Defense Pair 1: My first pair consist of hard-hitting Kronwall and up-coming star Larsson. Although Larsson is young he will benefit of having a top ten defenseman in the league to play with him.
Defense Pair 2: My second pair consist of Gardiner and Petry who both compliment each other. Gardiner is a good pmd who brings creativity and explosiveness to the team and can quarterback the powerplay. Petry is a physical defenseman (had over 110 hits this year) who plays hard SH minutes (led all dman in SH TOI) and can rack up points as well.
Defense Pair 3: My third pair consist of Krug and Clitsome. Krug can play the pp well as demonstrated in his series against the rangers and plays the play perfectly. Clitsome is reliable defenseman who doesn't makes mistakes that often and can log a lot of minutes.
Goaltending: My goaltending features one of the best goaltender in the league, Tuukka Rask. He has shown he can steal a series as demonstrated in pens series and is super talented. My backup features a very reliable Scott Clemmensen who can step up and steal a game or two as demonstrated in the series against devils last year.
Verdict: My team features a speedy, offensive top 6 and a very hard-hitting and reliable bottom 6 forward. My defense is rock-solid and can produce points incase my forwards cannot. Although my team is inexperience but did that stop Toronto Maple Leafs from almost beating runner-up champ Boston Bruins. My team is a Stanley cup team with reliable goaltending, rock-solid defense core and solid top 6 and bottom 6 forwards.
This team is built around skill and shutdown power.
The first line of 2 young and proven players (Logan Couture and Taylor Hall) who have the ability to be the best. Marian Gaborik also gives This line a great all-star mentality with his great shot and puck skills.
The second line is a great physical and offensively dominating line with glencross being a great deffensive player who knows how to lay out some good hits. Gagner has a sweet stick as well on pace to a 65 point season this year and is still very young and Kostisyn who has proved his offensive domination .
my 3rd and 4th line have great shutdown power and young talent with chris neil and colton orr being a dominating factor and with guys like richard panik who has shown great offensive talent.
My defence are all great at the whole aspect of the game. Led by the towering 6 foot 4 dman who is a big hitter with a big shot who has also been a norris runner up. the young Cody Franson showed his stride this season with 29 points in 45 games. Tied for 6th with most points by a dman. The rest of my defence are great shutdown guys with an abilty to dominate the players around them. this includes Niskanen, Klesla, Harrison, and schultz.
My goalies have showed their hard work whenever they play. James Reimer showed this season that he can truly be one of the best goalies in the league by bringing his team to the first playoff appearance in 10 years. Jose theodore has shown through his career that he is a brick wall in the net by winning the vezina in 2002, the hart in 2002 and the bill masterton in 2010. He shows a true to dedication to the game, as well as Reimer.
The flames have a great mix of youth, veterans, skill and grit. The first line has elite offensive talent. Chemistry with Brunner and Conn Smyth winner Zetterberg with a perfect addition of Eberle. The second line has two excellent young offensive talents in Seguin and Anisimov while keeping grit and leadership with Doan. The third line is defensively responsible while keeping a goal scoring touch. Morrow provides great leadership and grit as well. The fourth line has a solid center in Malhotra with the gritty Rinaldo and Kobasew. I believe we have a top forward group that can play in all facets of the game.
On D our first pairing is Erik Johnson and Norris trophy winner PK Subban. A perfect mixture of physicality, offensive skill, and defensive zone responsibility. Johnson compliments PK's offensive style perfectly. Kindl and White on the second pairing are familiar with each other. Kindl is a solid defenseman and White has a calming, smart game that creates a reliable 3-4. Despres is a good young talent with a great partner in a veteran like Morris.
Varlamov is our starting goalie and he is very underrated. He has proven to be solid during the season and in playoffs. We believe we can win with this goaltender. Reliable backup who can get hot in Ellis as well.
True #1 C and #1 D. Great depth and playoff experience. Players who play big in important situations. Excellent Two-Way game all around. Great PP and PK.
Captain: Drew Doughty
Assistant Captain: Steven Stamkos
Assistant Captain: Gabriel Landeskog
Alex Tanguay - Steven Stamkos - Daniel Alfredsson
Gabriel Landeskog - Adam Henrique - Michael Grabner
Gustav Nyquist - Andrew Cogliano - Daniel Cleary
Carl Söderberg - Eric Belanger - Colton Gillies
Marc-Édouard Vlasic - Drew Doughty
Andrej Sekera - Mark Fayne
Jeff Schultz - Jason Demers
- I could post all these awards and playoffs stats/experience that my team has, you know with my Stanley cup game winning goal scorers in Tanguay, my cup winners such as Doughty, and my Vezina winner in Bobrovsky, just to name a few of my players’ accomplishments, but I think I’d need more than the limit to list them all. But this team, this team has more leadership than the ****ing President playing each position. With one of the oldest captains last year in Alfredsson, the youngest captain in the history of the NHL in Landeskog, and plenty of others in captaincy positions, I could’ve picked just about anyone for my 3 captaincy positions.
-Now, onto the lines.
-The 1st line is very good, with a Cup winning playmaker in Tanguay, and a solid cup finalist 2 way forward in Alfredsson surrounding the best centre this season.
-The 2nd line is our younger troops. Landeskog, what a power forward. 50 points, 200 hits in his rookie season? Wow. Then Henrique takes it up 10 notches in the playoffs, not to mention that playoff stache. Not to forget Grabner who has hit 30G’s in the past, and was on pace for 29G's this year.
-Our 3rd line is very solid with a 2 way centre in our key ‘Cog’liano, with Detroit vet and youngster teammates providing solid 2 way production. Our 4th line is pretty solid, providing good energy and defense when we need it.
-Onto the defense, this might be the most balanced D corps of all of the teams.
-We have true #1 cup winning dman in Doughty, paired with Vlasic who is a beast defensively.
-Our 2nd pair defense men are both developing into good #3’s for their teams, and Fayne proved his worth on a Cup run last season.
-Our bottom pair meshes well together and both have had plenty of playoff experience.
-Last but not least, our two extra’s had decent years and can both fit on the 3rd line/pair.
-Our goalies consist of the best goalie this season in Bobrovsky and a backup who has had his fair share of starter days in Biron. The pair is phenomenal.
-I thank you judges, and hope you make the right decision with judging my roster.
Last edited by Leafs For Life*: 07-23-2013 at 03:30 AM.
Evander Kane -- Anze Kopitar -- Teemu Selanne
Nick Bonino -- Nazem Kadri -- Corey Perry
Emerson Etem -- Alex Burmistrov -- Nick Foligno
Dale Weise -- Nate Thompson -- Leo Komarov
Extra: Guillaume Latendresse
Kevin Bieksa -- Joni Pitkanen
Roman Josi -- Jarred Cowen
Brian Strait -- Anton Babchuk
Extra: Paul Postma
--> A very fast, tough group of forwards that would ware down any team in a playoff series. The only forwards in the group who aren't known to have much physicality are Selanne, and Burmistrov who both can make up for that with their speed, and skill.
Having Kane and Kopitar creating space for each other, and allowing Selanne to do his thing with the puck makes for a very potent top line. All guys can set up and finish.
--> Bonino wouldn't be the first young player to feed off of the dynamic offensive talent from Kadri (See Frattin, Matt) and Bonino has exemplified his own talent by chalking up 4 points in 7 games with the Ducks in the playoffs this year. Corey Perry is the big crash and bang guy on the line that can make the his and the play on the line. His talent is unquestionable.
--> The bottom 6 provides the perfect combination of skill and toughness, much like the top 2 lines (only not quite as talented, obviously) Etem, Burmistrov and Foligno have all shown flashes of offensive ability to create a perfect 3rd line play on the more offensively minded game. The 4th line could be a 3rd line on some teams in the NHL. The shutdown ability is there considering Nate Thompson was the lead PK guy in Tampa this year, and Komarov played very well short handed for Toronto.
--> The defense doesn't employ the biggest names on the blueline, but its not hard to argue I have 5 top 4 defensemen. Bieksa, Pitkanen and nJosi have all proven to be valuable #2 defensmen, and Jarred Cowen although young, has proven to be a top 4 guy for the Senators this season. Brian Strait averaged 17 Minutes a night this year for the Islanders playing alongside Mark Streit in the top 4.
--> Craig Anderson lead the league in both GAA and Save % this year. There is no doubt he is a top flight goaltender in the NHL, and deserves to be in Vezina contention.
Zach Parise (C)-Ryan Kesler (A)-Corey Conacher
Matt Moulson-Mike Ribiero-James Neal
Matt Cooke-Josh Bailey-Cal Clutterbuck
Taylor Pyatt-Jim Slater-Patrick Kaleta
Tobias Enstrom (A)-Christian Ehrhoff
Lubomir Visnovsky-Dmitry Kulikov
Nicklas Grossmann-Ryan Wilson
With 4 forwards in the top 43 in scoring, Chicago has more than enough skill to score goals. Doesn’t include Ryan Kesler, when healthy is a excellent scoring two-way player and adds physical element to our group. Everyone knows what Parise brings to the table and with Kesler as his center, they’re dangerous offensively and defensively. Conachar is a spark. Parise, Kesler, Neal and Moulson have all scored 30 +goals in this league, they possess the skill to bury the puck but also know how to score dirty goals in front of the net. Ribiero is a dangeous playmaker that makes everyone around him better (one of the league's best playmakers, tied for 10th in scoring).
Our bottom 6 is very physical & defensively responsible. - Pyatt, everyone in our bottom 6 are regular contributors to their respective team's PK. Our third line is built to agitate the opponent, wear them down, but also have enough skill to make an offensive contribution. With Clutterbuck, Cooke, and Kaleta, the other team needs to keep their heads up.
The Blackhawks success this year was largely a result of a very mobile D group that was able to make quick first passes out of their zone. While we don't have a Keith or Seabrook, we do have a very mobile D group. Enstrom is one of the better puck moving defencemen in the league, while Erhoff is an elite skating no.2 dman (highest + player on Sabres and logged 25 + min). Kulikov and Visnovsky are very good skaters, capable of making quick first passes out of the zone while being solid defensively. Grossman and Wilson bring a physical element.
Vokoun's #s have been steady as they come. I do feel Vokoun gives the team a chance to win most nights, that's all you can ask for from most goalies. Vokoun took over for Fleury, and had a 6-1 record until the Finals. Can't blame a goalie when your team only scored 2 goals in the Boston series. Vokoun ended the playoffs with a .933 save percentage, tied for 4th in the playoffs.
Captain: Ryan Getzlaf
Alternate Captain: Ed Jovanovski
Alternate Captain: Dennis Siedenberg
Alex Chiasson -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Nathan Horton
Carl Hagelin -- Martin Hanzel -- Dany Heatley
Travis Moen -- Chris Kelly -- Radek Dvorak
Ryan Carter -- Stephen Gointa -- Steve Bernier
Extra: Milan Hejduk
Dennis Seidenberg -- Dennis Wideman
Anton Volchenkov -- Marek Zidlicky
Ed Jovanovski -- Keaton Ellerby
Extra: Steve Eminger
My First line is a mixture of speed size and scoring abilities. Getzlaf being a young elite top 10 center in the league can do anything asked of him. Horton who has been a clutch scorer and has been a playoff performer each year he touches playoff ice is a perfect pwf rw for getzlaf . Chiasson is very unproven yes, but with the help of getzlaf and Horton he can learn a lot and could have success playing a Brandon Saad type role.
My second line has a great defensive center in hanzal who hasn’t done much offensively but with a shooter in heatley who can score with ease and hagelin who has shown early signs of being a good top 6 forward he should be just fine.
My third line and my fourth line would be relied on equally. My third line has an elite 3rd line center in Kelly, a cup winner and 3 finals appearances for him. Moen who is gritty and great defensively, also has a cup and dvorak who is experienced and can play a defensive role well. My fourth line showed that they were new jersey’s best line this year and a fantastic defensive line for the devils last year. I feel that my forward crew would be very physical and has a mixture of everything.
I feel that my first pairing defenders compliment eachother as wideman is offensive and Seidenberg is defensive.
My second pairing was New Jersey’s first pairing in the run to the cup finals. Should say everything.
My third pairing has an old guy and a young guy. I feel Jovo can teach ellerby a lot about the defensive aspects of a defender.
My goalies. Ward won the conn smythe trophy as a rookie and has proven to be a top 10 goalie in the league. Mason has had a mediocre career but with him as my backup I feel he can provide moral support and can step in for a game or 2.
Penner - Backes (A) - Brown (C)
Hartnell - Stepan - Gionta
Higgins - Berglund - Hansen
King - Steckel - Hall
Giordano - Stuart
Coburn (A) - Hainsey
Coliacovo - Diaz
Our first line is a line built for the playoffs with players who all play great physical games and put up points. With two recent cup winners who played a huge role in the win with Brown and Penner, not to mention one of the best two way centers in the game in Backes.
Our second line is a good mix of physicality, scoring, and skating. Stepan is up there as one of the best young centers in the game, near ppg for the Rags and plays a huge role for his team. With his playmaking and shutdown capabilities, Gionta's offensive skills, Hartnell's physicality and goal scoring we feel this line can do it all.
Our 3rd line is one of the best in the league, with two of Vancouver's best defensive wingers and an offensive talent like Berglund this line can shutdown and score against other teams lines.
Our 4th line is another line that hits and plays physical like most. King is another cup winner and knows what it takes too win, Steckel can win key draws for the team and Hall is another physical winger who'll bang bodies down low.
Admittedly we do not have the greatest or biggest names on defense, but we think we have a lot of depth. Giordano and Coburn play a lot of big minutes on their respective teams. All the others as well often averaged the 3rd or 4th most time on ice on their teams.
What more is there to say. With a top 3 goalie in the league with Jonathan Quick, a cup winner who lead his team to a Stanley Cup win with his Conn Smythe performance. He's the backbone of our team and with him we feel he can elevate our defense. MacDonald is a solid backup who play a good amount of games to take the load of Quick.
Captain: Joe Thornton
Alternate: Ray Whitney
Alternate: Francois Beauchemin
Bryan Bickell - Joe Thornton - Blake Wheeler
Alex Galchenyuk - Tyler Bozak - Ray Whitney
Marcus Foligno - Andrew Shaw - Zack Kassian
Brandon Bollig - Craig Smith - ShawnThornton
Francois Beauchemin - Victor Hedman
Andrew Ference - Erik Gudbranson
Brenden Dillon - Cory Sarich
The Penguins are a team specifically built for playoff competition. The team is as gritty as they come, with a mix of size and skill with lots of sandpaper.
Line 1: Has two hulking powerforwards in Bickell and Wheeler. Both being flanked by Joe Thornton one of the best playmakers in the game. This line will rack up points and be extremely hard to contain with the size of all three players.
Line 2: Has a good all around center in Bozak down the middle with Galchenyuk a young offensive weapon and Ray Whitney who is a veteran and will make anyone he plays with better with his hockey sense and vision.
Line 3: Is a tenacious line with plenty of size and sandpaper. The prototypical checking line. Foligno and Kassian provide plenty of size and grit on the wings while world class pest and cup winner Shaw returns to his natural center position.
Line 4: Craig Smith centers two tough customers in Thornton and Bollig. Smith chips in a little offense while his wingers intimidate and drop the gloves when need be.
D pairing 1: Beauchemin is a grizzled vet and former cup winner, that had a phenomenal season anchoring the Ducks defence. Paired with Victor Hedman a huge defenceman with smooth skating and offensive tools.
D pairing 2: Ference and Gudbranson together form and punishing shutdown pairing that is capable of shutting down other teams top lines.
D pairing 3: Dillon and Sarich form a second shutdown pair that can take pressure off the other two units in shutdown assignments and play quality minutes.
Extras: Tom Wilson is a young monster and in his 3 games he played for the Capitals in the playoffs didn't back down from anyone. Makes the team even tougher. Ryan Ellis could be placed in for an offensive boost from the blueline or to improve the powerplay.
Goaltending: Price while unproven in the playoffs has never been in net for a great team in Montreal. Undoubtedly one of the best goalies in the league. Peters serves as a serviceable back-up that is used to playing behind a star.
Last edited by TheNorthFace: 07-21-2013 at 11:17 PM.