our place in it.
So, I think we've now seen enough games to know something about this team. It's time for a step back and look at the big picture thread.
I'd like to talk about this: WHAT does it take to win a Stanley Cup in today's league?
...1) It takes a great goaltender. Honestly, I wouldn't say that Jimmy couldn't be one, or that he isn't already. And this Mrazek kid is awfully exciting in the pipeline.
...2) It takes two ELITE scoring lines. Honestly, between Pav, Hank, Mule, Flip, Brunner, Tatar and Nyquist - if ever arranged properly - I wouldn't say that we're that far away from having that. Add to that guys in the system like Jarnkrok, Pulkkinen, Jurco, etc.
...3) It takes an ELITE first-pairing of two way defensemen. Guys who can play 30-35 minutes a game. PP. PK. Everything. In my own humble opinion, we have ZERO of those (Kronner's play in the defensive end...puke).
...4) 3rd and 4th lines, 2nd and 3rd pairing defensemen - you need guys who are big, strong, fast, aggressive, defensively responsible...and CHEAP. What do we have in that regard? Man. Helm's not a big man, but he's a great bottom six center. Abby, if he played a little differently, could be what you need somewhere. Tootoo, not big, but great to have in your bottom six. Sheahan's a prospect who fits the mold I'm interested to see. Miller, Eaves, Emmerton, Mursak, etc. - bring some things you like in the bottom six, but no size, and no real talent to off-set it. Samuelsson, Bertuzzi and Cleary I hate having down there - unaggressive, bad defensively, overpaid. DEFENSIVELY, Kronwall's not big, but he does things to off-set that. So does White. Ericsson's a little overpaid, and not that aggressive, but he's not bad to have. Smith I'm quite skeptical about, but willing to wait and see on. Quincey is just plain awful and grossly overpaid. Kindl is not an NHL-level player. Lashoff I'm interested to see more of. No real prospects have emerged in our system on D to this point.
Top six: Pav, Hank, Mule, Flip, Brunner, Nyquist/Tatar/Jarnkrok/Pulkkinen/Jurcco.
Top pair D: *we need two new players.
Bottom six: Helm, Abby, Sheahan, Tootoo, *we need two players.
2nd/3rd pair D: Kronwall, White, Ericsson, Smith
...Need to rid ourselves of: Samuelsson, Bertuzzi, Cleary, Eaves, Quincey, Kindl.
BOTTOM LINE: I hate seeing our team like this. A borderline playoff team that has little to no chance of winning it all. Pav's got two years of prime left, max. Once he's gone, we're in serious trouble. We need a major roster overhaul ASAP. We're built horribly inefficiently as a team right now. Holland's gotta get his head out of his rear before it's too late and correct some of these mistakes he's been making.
Otherwise, what's really the point of watching (other than pure enjoyment of the game)
Edited by blueadams, 08 February 2013 - 12:07 PM.