Here's my take
D - no changes needed now you have
You also have Connaughton/Sauve/ and potentially Corrado who should see some ice so we're fine. Maybe sign one more depth player with experience for the playoff run but that's all they need. Unless they are able to find a significant upgrade with size and a temper (which I doubt) we'll be fine on d I think. Don't forget the nucks are very high on offseason development plans, coming back having worked on certain areas. Ie Tanev will be bigger, his shot will have been worked on, etc.
Upfront we are strong, we have depth the only thing we are lacking is a playmaker on the second line. That being said Kesler has hit 50 assists before so part of his selfishness may have to do with the fact (and it has been stated by media) that he lost confidence in his wingers (and who wouldn't with Mayray etc). So perhaps we can get by without if that second line can find chemistry.Line 1
Sedin Sedin Burrows (no changes necessary)Line2
Booth Kesler Higgins (I think you have to let these boys play together. They like each other, have a bit of an american brotherhood going, they will find chemistry because they have personal chemistry). Thats a heck of a second line (Schroeder slots in until Kes is healthy and he should, he's ready to play in the NHL and we have to let the kid play in the position he will eventually fill)Line 3
Jensen Lapierre Hansen - Let the kid now develop as well, again MG says we need to get younger. Well put some skill on this fast, agitating, great forechecking line, allow the kid to develop his defensive game and learn from great players ahead of him. Gives that line some size, some skill, Hansen while not a great finisher seems to win puck battles alot and can pass, Jensen can finish, Lappy well he's just Lappy and just plays his role to perfection. Jensen can play both rw/lw but shoots left so better defensively on that side (better offensively from the right, better shooting angles).Line 4
Volpatti Manny Kassian
Great faceoff man, shut down player. Size on both wings to stir it up. Personally feel Kassian should play higher up but as long as AV rolls four lines and lets the kid develop no biggy.
As you can see all, we don't have a bad team just sitting pat. Yes it would be great to fill in some of the spots and we do need depth (thus I can't see raymond moving unless we get some help upfront in the Lou deal, which is likely).
I also like the idea of moving Kassian up to the second if his fitness and conditioning are there. My guess is when he came to the Nucks he had no idea how hard they push the players in that regard. He didn't seem to have the stamina (spurts yes) but stamina no. Offseason, I am sure they pushed him on this, if he comes into camp having improved that. Move him up there. then slot Higgy to three and Hansen to four.
Come to think of that, I like that better! lol
Edited by ABurrows14, 07 July 2012 - 09:20 PM.