The problem here is, that the needed talent is not available or we don't have the assets - unless we overpay ridiculously - to bring them in. So the options aren't really much, either play a style that leads to more with less or try playing a style for which we don't have the horses for. To me option 1 would be the better one, but that means our front office has to role up their sleeves and not only continue to draft bigger, grittier players they also have to get active in free agency, trade deadline and ...
Are guys like Gazdic, Orr, SThornton top players ? For sure not but they bring energy and smaller, younger players are playing heavier if they feel that there is someone who is going to protect them and provide some sort of energy. To be honest I would love having a fourth liner like DJ King the guy can play, is an SOB to play against and is willing to throw down with almost everyone in the league. If we can round out our bottom 6 with some heavier dudes then you don't need so much size for your top 6 but the point is, size and a heavier game is needed somewhere in the lineup, heck even the overloaded Blackhawks have Bickle and Bolland to play that bigger type of game. I'm not saying we should build the whole roster on size but our problem is, we don't have size in the top nor the bottom 6 NOR on defense. Sure, having a guy like Lidström running our powerplay did cope over a lot of things but now we have to deal with the reality and find a way to still bring it while our two superstars are still here.
I really can't wait till Athensiou, Mantha and McKee are ready to make the jump to the big club they are going to provide some size and will create room with their sheer power - especially McKee. Personally I want Niskanen for the simple fact that Kronwall then could go back to bring his Kronwalling out of nearly retirement again and Niskanen would run the powerplay.
Look at the Blue Jackets they aren't the most talented team in the world but boy do they work hard and they bring a heavy game their opponents have to work hard especially in Columbus if they expect to get some points out of there it's really amazing what Kekailinen and Davidson have accomplished there.
Sure, we can't go 180 degrees in the different direction but at least we can try to mold this team into something that can have more success with less talent on the team.
Edited by frankgrimes, 22 June 2014 - 02:56 PM.