The summer orientation camp roster was released Monday. The best 48 American skaters on the planet. Three Red Wings: J. Howard, J. Abdelkader and D. DEKEYSER. Discussion.. begin.
Z. Parise-R. Kesler-P. Kane
B. Ryan-J. Pavelski-P. Kessel
R. Callahan-D. Backes-D. Brown
M. Pacioretty-P. Stastny-T. Oshie
J. Van Riemsdyk, A. Galchenyuk
.....D. Stepan, J. Pominville, B. Wheeler, B. Dubinsky.....J. Abdelkader, B. Saad, N. Bjugstad, C. Smith, B. Bennett, T. Lewis, K. Palmieri, K. Okposo
.....I think that the top nine here is more or less a lock. First two lines have some big-time fire-power while also being at least reasonably solid defensively. That third line will be one for the books and, probably, the real difference between this team doing something or nothing. Beyond that, it gets interesting. Stastny's as good a bet as anyone. Pacioretty should be right there. Oshie, I think, should as well. Galchenyuk, I think, is going to be on this team - - and might make some real noise on it. The last spot I've got JVR pencilled into ~ great size, versatility, skill, youth, etc. ~ but there are obviously a lot of talented players at his heels. Abdelkader, if he makes similar strides next season, has a real deal shot. Okposo I'm always waiting for him to pull it together and explode, not holding my breath though.
R. Suter-J. Johnson
R. McDonagh-K. Shattenkirk
K. Yandle-P. Martin
B. Orpik, J. Faulk
.....D. Byfuglien, J. Carlson, E. Johnson, M. Carle, Z. Bogosian.....C. Fowler, N. Leddy, J. Gardiner, D. DeKeyser, S. Jones, J. Trouba
.....Here I think the top 2, 3, perhaps 4, perhaps 5 are locked in. Suter, Johnson are there. McDonagh's close to a lock. Shattenkirk's almost as close. Yandle's almost as close. Not a bad bunch there. Quality skaters, defenders, puck-movers and aggression common among them. The next three are tough. Martin and Orpik are right there, and being Bylsma-coached, have a leg-up on the competition. Martin, meh, I think he probably makes it. Solid all-around, veteran presence, perhaps on the PP. Orpik is so big, and international ice, idk. He's so solid defensively and tough though. Byfuglien's such a beast on the PP, and a really versatile roster asset. It's tough to make a call between those two. Then I left one spot open for a wild-card. I penciled Faulk in for the time being, but who knows. There's such a plethora of great young defensemen competing for this spot. Carlsson, Fowler, Leddy, even guys like Jones and DeKeyser could get into the mix with great seasons. It'll be interesting, for sure. This is going to be a sound group though.
.....J. Howard, C. Anderson, C. Schneider
.....Quick is a lock. Gibson, I think, is a lock as the "next generation third goalie getting some experience." The real battle is for the backup spot. R. Miller might be the 4th best candidate for it, but I have a hard time seeing him being left off after last time around.
Edited by blueadams, 23 July 2013 - 02:14 PM.