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2017 Opening Day Roster

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Personally I like high numbers, anytime a player sticks out from the rest (ie Gretzky #99, Lemieux #66, Coffey #77 etc) I think its a good thing. To me a number like #2, or #4 is sort of generic. 

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5 minutes ago, joesuffP said:

Nyquist-Zetterberg-Tatar

Mantha-Nielsen-Anthanisou

Helm-Larkin-Abby

Glendening-Sheahan-Bertuzzi

 

Daley-Green

Dekeseyer-Kronwall

Ericsson-Jensen

Mantha had real chemistry with Zetterberg last season, he'll be on the right side with him.  Tatar also had great chemistry with Z toward the end of the season.  I think we'll see the following:

Tatar-Zetterberg-Mantha
Larkin-Nielsen-Athanasiou
Nyquist-Helm-Abdelkader
Bertuzzi-Sheahan-Glendening
Witkowski

Daley-Green
DeKeyser-Kronwall
Ouellet-Jensen
Sproul

Nyquist and Athanasiou can swap when necessary.  The D pairings suck outside of the first pairing.  I really don't want DK on the first pairing as he excels when not being called on to defend top lines.  I'd prefer Kronwall on the third pairing, but I feel that Ouellet and Kronwall would be a slow pair and thus get burned a lot.  I'm wondering if Ericsson gets bought out, there is definitely a chance it happens, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Been thinking a lil about Larkin. He had a tough season, clear decline, was scouted and matched pretty hard. Harassed at times. Forced to fight, which he did well.

What do we do if he doesn't improve from last season? I wouldn't mind putting him on wing if his game has not picked up about a quarter into the season, my point being we shouldn't see his center position as set in stone. He just might be a winger, not saying it is so, saying we should have that door open. I get the feeling that his C position is decided a little bit too early in here.

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58 minutes ago, Jacksoni said:

Been thinking a lil about Larkin. He had a tough season, clear decline, was scouted and matched pretty hard. Harassed at times. Forced to fight, which he did well.

What do we do if he doesn't improve from last season? I wouldn't mind putting him on wing if his game has not picked up about a quarter into the season, my point being we shouldn't see his center position as set in stone. He just might be a winger, not saying it is so, saying we should have that door open. I get the feeling that his C position is decided a little bit too early in here.

Larkin had a rough sophomore season, which is very common, especially for such a young player. People need to remember that he came into the league as an 19 year old. He'll be 21 next week. He had a rough start to the season, but started to come on at the end of it. In the last 20 games he had 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists). I expect him to have another big year this season, similar to his rookie season. I'm not worried about him and I think he should stay at center.

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With 7 potential C on the roster can we, A,use Z less and try to match him against other teams lesser players on the second or even third line. B, keep Larkin on the wing for another year where he has been more prolific on the scoreboard. 

In this case is Nielsen up for first line duty, he is experienced to play against pipelines and his skating would allow him too. Then we have the problem of 2C , in all likelihood it'll be down to Z to take on that duty. Which would probably suit him better and even more productive than last year. Sheahan gets the nod on the third line C , I fully expect him to have a bounce back year with the right line mates. The fourth line is down to how Blashill wants it to be, grinding shut down then Glendening gets the nod, scoring line the you drop Helm from top 9 wing to center the 4th. On the D , well that is going to be a last week decision as we don't really know who is going to be on LTIR, so that could be one of 4 different combos. So my roster would be, 

Tatar Nielsen Abdelkader

Larkin Zetterberg Mantha 

Nyquist Sheahan Athanasiou

Glendening Helm Bertuzzi 

Witkowski.

 

D if everyone is fit to go.

DeKeyser Jensen 

Green Daley

Kronwall Ericsson

Ouellet Sproul.

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30 minutes ago, Andy Pred 48 said:

With 7 potential C on the roster can we, A,use Z less and try to match him against other teams lesser players on the second or even third line. B, keep Larkin on the wing for another year where he has been more prolific on the scoreboard. 

In this case is Nielsen up for first line duty, he is experienced to play against pipelines and his skating would allow him too. Then we have the problem of 2C , in all likelihood it'll be down to Z to take on that duty. Which would probably suit him better and even more productive than last year. Sheahan gets the nod on the third line C , I fully expect him to have a bounce back year with the right line mates. The fourth line is down to how Blashill wants it to be, grinding shut down then Glendening gets the nod, scoring line the you drop Helm from top 9 wing to center the 4th. On the D , well that is going to be a last week decision as we don't really know who is going to be on LTIR, so that could be one of 4 different combos. So my roster would be, 

Tatar Nielsen Abdelkader

Larkin Zetterberg Mantha 

Nyquist Sheahan Athanasiou

Glendening Helm Bertuzzi 

Witkowski.

 

D if everyone is fit to go.

DeKeyser Jensen 

Green Daley

Kronwall Ericsson

Ouellet Sproul.

A year ago I would have agreed with you on getting Zetterberg's minutes down, but he proved last season that he can handle those big minutes, and he should continue to get them until he shows he can't handle it anymore. Nielsen isn't capable of handling top line minutes and would get eaten alive as our number one center. I also disagree with Larkin playing on the wing. We need him to develop his game as a center, so that's where he should be going forward. I'd try him as the 2nd line center, and if he can't handle it, drop him back to the 3rd line. Just keep him in the middle.

I agree with your top 4 defense, although I'd switch the two pairings around. DeKeyser proved that he can't handle the top pair matchups, and is better suited on the 2nd pair. I'd also have Ouellet and Sproul as our 3rd pairing over Kronwall and Ericsson, but that simply won't happen if they're both healthy. Just another reason we need to make a trade or two. One that would see Ericsson moved to make room for one of the younger guys.

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