So let's have a look at a potential feasible roster:
Dats, Z, Flip: None are particularly tall, but all are in the 190' range, giving them good strength/puck protection for their height. An ideal weight for players of their height/role.
Franzen, Bert, Sammy: All fairly large guys, bulky. Mule could do to play like it more often.
Helm: Small. Doesn't remotely play like it.
Eaves: We'll see after he comes back from his injury
Miller: String bean.
Emmerton: Likely not here.
One of Parise, Doan, Nash: All large.
Tootoo: Like Hudler.. except two were put side by side, and pushed together.
Abdelkader: Average NHL height, bulky.
Cleary: Similar to Abdelkader, Sammy.
Out of those players (presently on the roster), Helm, Abs, Bert, Tootoo, Eaves,and Cleary all provide active physical presence and/or grit.
Almost all of the remaining players have good passive physical play (that is, they may not go out and hit or bang, but they all have good puck protection, board work, drive to the net, etc): Dats, Z, Miller, Flip all fit this bill. Sammy is somewhere between this group and the above group (he doesn't actively initiate physical play like the top group, but he does use his size to agitate). Franzen can fit either group or be soft as wet TP just depending on how he feels.
Let's take a quick look at some possible D:
Suter: Very average NHL size, brings a good mix of physical but clean/low PIM play.
Kronwall: Being slightly below average size doesn't stop him from being the most explosive open ice hitter in the league. Not a lot of physical play outside of that, though.
White: He neither brings enough nor lacks enough to deserve a comment one way or another. Very average in the physical department.
Quincey: Fairly large, has a decent physical game. Unfortunately, one that results in a lot of minors.
Ericsson: Quite large, still doesn't use his size near as much as he could but he is a consistent physical presence/large body. Doesn't bring anything spectacular physically (compared to other d-men his size), but he is a very solid skater for his size. A mobile large body is always a useful tool. Sometimes stands up for teammates, looks okay as long as he's not going against dedicated fighters.
Smith: Above average height, can and probably will add a little more bulk, also a very good skater... and scrappy.
This is a team that is now at or slightly above the NHL average in size, while being considerably scrappier.. especially if Suter and/or Parise/Nash/Doan are added. Most notably, there are no true pushovers now (except TP-mode Mule) and only one scrawny guy (Miller, but he's got a nice big heart in that string bean body). Biggest concerns outside of that are Z (injury concerns) and Kronwall (can be a little bit of a physical vacuum when he's not Kronwalling).
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