Nashville sweeping aside the blackhawks and taking the superstar Pens to 6 games even without RyJo proves having a deep and talented defense is a new trend.Ronning's Ghost wrote:Interesting. Maybe, maybe not. One superstar, or one great line, can get shut down. Maybe in a salary cap league, the structure to aim for is a first line that is the 20th best in the league, but defensively reliable, supported by second and third lines that are maybe the 34th and 40th best lines in the league. That is to say, rather than three 7 million dollar forwards, three 4 million dollar forwards, three 3 million dollar forwards, and some roster-fillers, a team is better off with three 5 million dollar forwards, three 4.5 million dollar forwards, three 3.5 million dollar forwards, and a proportionately upgraded fourth line.Mondi wrote:The potential we have is a long list of B/B+/A- prospects. We still need our Matthews.
...or maybe you're better off with 4 defencemen who are top-two on most teams, and six who are top-four on most teams. Even if you're trying to build a durable team, injuries are all but certain.
Lets take a look at their top 4.
6'1 200lbs LS Roman Josi:
6'0 210lbs RS PK Subban:Assets: Has great puck-moving skills, outstanding skating ability and a very low panic threshold. Also boasts decent size for the NHL game. Can produce big numbers at all levels and log huge amounts of ice time.
Flaws:Can be a little too loose in his defensive play from time to time, so he could stand to tighten things up a little bit more so as to become even more consistent. Injuries could be a problem, too.
5'10 180lbs RS Ryan Ellis:Assets:Has outstanding skating ability and excels at rushing up ice with the puck. Can quarterback a power play and also initiate a lot of contact. Displays a flair for the dramatic. Shoots the puck with aplomb and also gets under opponents' skin. Is adept at playing a shutdown role.
Flaws:Needs to simplify his game, since he has a tendency to run around in his own end from time to time. Also tries to do too much with the puck. On-ice antics may at times annoy his own teammates and the coaching staff. Could stand to become a bit more disciplined on the ice.
6'4 215lbs LS Mattias Ekholm:Assets:Has very good offensive instincts and great mobility. Also owns the natural ability to move the puck quickly out of danger. Owns a powerful point shot. Has developed into an excellent defender, as well.
Flaws:Can make a few too many mistakes with the puck when he is a bit too overconfident, though he has improved a lot in that area. Lacks ideal size for the blueline position in the NHL (5-10, 180 pounds).
Josie and Ellis aren't all that big for dmen, but obviously got high caliber talent.Assets: Has a huge frame (6-4, 215 pounds), puck-moving ability and a big shot from the point. Usually keeps his game very simple and minimizes his mistakes. Owns all-round acumen.
Flaws:Does not have a lot of grit or toughness, so he does not always take full advantage of his big frame at the NHL level. Also, he does not shoot the puck nearly enough.
Last season those 4 scored 150 points combined. And 50 frickin' points in the playoffs combined in 22 games.
Another reason to try to keep QB's 6'2 207lbs LS Ben Hutton and 5'10 190lbs RS Troy Stecher long term over all the rest of the dmen here currently.
Plus it's great to have MDZ for scoring depth, he's scored a ton before in the league, so hopefully he can help Hutton and Stecher out with some pointers on taking their game to the next level.
In a couple years I'd like to see our top 4 be
Juolevi, Stecher, Hutton and (Guds or/Tanev).
Tryamkin is the wildcard in 2-3 years.