I know it's pointless. I don't care that it's pointless. I still have fun thinking about stuff like this. There are others on the board that do as well. If you don't, fine. Let us have our fun.
V. Filppula(33)---P. Datsyuk(38)---J. Franzen(37)
G. Nyquist(27)---H. Zetterberg(36)---T. Jurco(24)
T. Tatar(26)---C. Jarnkrok(25)---T. Pulkkinen(25)
R. Sheahan(25)---D. Helm(30)---J. Abdelkader(30)
T. Holmstrom(44), T. Bertuzzi(42), D. Cleary(38), J. Hudler(33), D. Miller(33), P. Eaves(33), J. Mursak(29)
...If all these supposed "high-end talent level" prospects we've got pan out, it's going to be hard to not roll three scoring lines in the near future. Holmstrom's no longer going to be around. Bertuzzi's no longer going to be around. I'd be surprised if Hudler was resigned this off-season. Cleary's not aging well, I'd be surprised if he was still around. Miller, Eaves and Mursak could all stick, but there will be no shortage of competition. It's scary seeing Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen at 38, 37 and 36 years of age. It's scary seeing all that talent on the same roster. It's scary seeing such a physically unintimidating team.
N. Kronwall(36)---I. White(32)
B. Smith(28)---K. Quincey(31)
J. Kindl(30)---J. Ericsson(33)
N. Lidstrom(47), B. Stuart(37), R. Sproul(24)
...Lidstrom 'should' be gone (lol?). Stuart's gone. I think it'd be surprising if Holland let White walk (without a fight) next off-season, so I've got him listed. I think it'd be surprising if Holland let Quincey walk (after giving up a 1st) this off-season, so I've got him listed. I think it'd be surprising if Kindl was still on the team, but I've still got him listed due to the lack of prospects (it'll be interesting to see if sleepers emerge here?). In general, this is a group that could use some outside additions.
T. Conklin(41), J. MacDonald(37), T. McCollum(27)
...Not much to talk about here. Conklin's gone. MacDonald's probably gone. McCollum has some serious ground to make up on Mrazek. Excited about possibly having two plus goalies on the same team though.
...Well, in the next five years:
-1) Proven, reliable, elite talent is going to need to either emerge from within or be acquired from outside. Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen being in their late 30's in five years scares the hell out of me.
-2) Some depth is probably going to need to be added to the blue line.
-3) The goalie situation looks great, as things currently stand.
-4) Size and strength (at all positions) is going to need to be acquired from outside, as none of it appears to be on the way.
Edited by blueadams, 29 May 2012 - 11:08 PM.