Niklas Kronwall - is a legitimate #2 guy now and won't be too off base as a #1 when Nick leaves.
Darren Helm - This guy is better than Draper was at the same age and could almost certainly top out at 45+ points on the third line and be one of the best PK'ers in the league.
Pavel Datsyuk - he's getting better. I think Z may have leveled off but Dats is finding new ways to be inhuman.
Jimmy Howard - this playoff made me extremely encouraged with him as our main guy.
Johan Franzen - this signing looks so bad, even more now than I thought it did at the time. He needs to learn to do something other than score so when he doesn't, he won't be basically useless.
Valtteri Filppula - sometimes he looks like a very poor man's shadow of Datsyuk, othertimes (and often) he's invisible, and most the time he isn't contributing as much as we need him to.
He has proved he's not a 2nd line player. Theoretically he could still break out but I'm not holding my breath.
Mike Babcock - when did he turn into Jim Leyland? Making unnecessary changes and putting out very suspect lines/pairings at key times, frustrating to watch.
Brian Rafalski - how far has this guy fallin'? Two years ago he may have been a #1 guy on several teams, was our #2, and knew how to play defense. Now, he's a highly paid Kurtis Foster/MA Bergeron type. I've never seen his defense so terrible but the big shocker is how he's rushing on offense and taking terribly timed, low quality shots and killing our PP momentum.
Jonathan Ericsson - what can I say? What does he do OK, let alone good, on even a semi regular basis? On top of that, he is literally a pylon.
Jiri Hudler - he's the forward version of Rafalski, without the point production. Gets paid like a top 6 guy but brings almost nothing to the table unless he's on a streak.
Salei, Osgood, Modano - Right there is the rack...hang your skates up, please.
If we were to slot players where they deserve to be...
1st line types:
2nd line types:
Franzen, Cleary (both of whom are only good for about 65 games a year)
3rd line types:
Filppula, Hudler, Bertuzzi, Holmstrom, Helm, Eaves
4th line types:
Abdelkader, Miller, Draper
Defense probably reads like this now, with two guys on the brink of retirement.
#1 Lidstrom. #2 Kronwall
#3 Stuart. #4 Rafalski
#5 (none) #6 Kindl
#7 Ericsson, Salei
I think the needs are clear.
At least 1 top six forward, a top 4 dman, a backup goalie who can play when he plays without having to play several in a row to "get into my groove" or whatever.
Edited by achildr1, 13 May 2011 - 08:57 AM.