Ok we have made it past the UFA rush. So how do you rank the EC teams? Who is better? Worse? The same? Predit your PO teams.
just some thoughts...
Habs-about the same.
TB-no major changes but they should be better with experience gained.
BJ's-destroyed by injuries last year. A couple of big moves in the off season. Should be much better.
OTT-young team that made the PO's. still 1 or 2 players from being a great team. slightly better due to experience gained.
Rangers-slightly worse but still very good.
RW-slightly better overall
Panthers-young and improving, just shy of a PO team.
These are the ten teams that will be fighting for the PO's. In our division it still looks like TB, Habs, RW's, and OTT in that order. Getting to 3rd is key this year. The other division is very strong and could get both at large births.
of course all of this is as of today before any further trades, injuries, etc......
As of today before any other moves here is the depth chart for both teams. Looks pretty good overall.
That leaves KFQ to be moved for at least a 3rd round pick-to replace the one we traded away for 2016 and Franzen on LTIR. The only thing I would like to see is a true RHed power forward for the top line with Abby moving to the 3rd line LW.
That leaves 2 holes on the grifs. 4th line LW for the checking line (if we were bold we would sign McKee for the spot!) and a 7th Dmen.
UFA's summer 2016: Richards-let him go, Helm-trade bait?, abby-should be resigned.
Guys out of options: Oullett, Sproul, and jensen.
Team now had great depth. The hard part is waiting and being patient with the young guys to develop. The good part is they now have to earn jobs instead of being handed jobs. the best spot to be.
Just thinking out load here. the BL is set. the one big are of need is a #2 C/big RHed winger. As of right now it is easy to see the following lineup:
Lashoff or Kindl
We could keep 8 d or move Kindl/KFQ. If Z is the #2 C then we need a top 6 winger. What we don't have is a big RHed physical guy that scores. We also have helm who is kinda without a true position. he is a checking C when used correctly, but Glendening does the same job for 1/3 the price. We also have the cap room for a big contract.