No one player will replace zetterberg, no one player will replace datsyuk, I think it'll be by committee and by getting bigger well get harder to play against, give up less chances and have more of our own.
Mantha may replace the production of one of them, but not the intangibles.
Z (god willing) will still be playing in 2020 so hes got time to mold the next captain.
And whether or not dats. Stays here until hes forty, given he's already 35 and is still a top 5 c in the league, I could see him still being able to contribute enough to be on the second line. But I would be surprised if he didn't go home after his new extensions up.
But either way.
We have a good core that should be here long enough to help guide the kids into the next generation.
But were going to be fine.
We have 3 of our top4 wingers of the future already up and showing they have first and second line potential, and when mantha joins jurco, nyq, and tats the only thing left to figure out is who'll center them.
If they want they could even put sheahan as a top line winger, but Im imagining Riley and jarnkrok are the contingency plan for our top centers, until something else comes along...
We have time.
Barring trades or some unforseen circumstance We still may have Weiss if he picks it up, franzen if he can get healthy, helm who'll be a bit older but much more seasoned(also if he can stay healthy), Abby, Andy, and glendenning and whatever we lose, well pick up in the trade, and theres always the random free agent.
Andreas Athanasiou will be in gr next season, he can play center or wing and hes got speed like helm in his prime and in his best of health speed and has shown some beautiful hands.
Not to mention we got mrazek knocking on the door, and all of our young promising d prospects.
We have an embarrassment of riches of skilled and big strong guys, and youre freaking out.
Tatar and nyq are small, but as long as they progress right they're skilled enough to get themselves out of trouble.
Edited by jimmyemeryhunter, 29 January 2014 - 10:18 PM.