1st line players: Henrik, Daniel.
2nd line players: None, imo.
3rd line players. Burrows ( Without the sedins, yes) Kesler ( Shutdown defensive forward, Not a 2nd liner imo) Hansen, Santorelli,
Kassian ( as of now ) etc.
Someone has probably said it already. We really dont have any 2nd line players. Those guys we think we can rely on, Kesler, Burrows. Without the sedins, arent 1st line players. And in reality, are kind of 3rd liners. Love these players, Want them on the team. But we need to consider building a team without a plethora of 3rd liners. Look how Chicagos built. They have Hossa Sharpe Toews and Kane between the top two lines. Were missing a lot of natural goal scoring skills that Kesler and Burrows just dont have.
Kesler won a Selke, and was nominated two other times. e erages 49.9 points per 82 games played over the last 10 years, a respectable 2knd line total. If you don't see him as a 2knd line player, I cant offer your post much credibility.
Burrows averaged 54 points and 24 goals over a 5 year stretch. And add's grit, gamesmanship, feist, speed and tenacity. He's a deserving 2knd line NHL player.
Santorelli, Higgins and Hansen are all more than adequate "fill in" 2knd liners.
What Kesler and Burrows are not is game breakers. And we do need to add another one of those on our top 2 lines.
Someone will eventually be moved for room so younger guys can make it.
Question is Will it be this season? And will it be?
Booth's days are numbered.
That aside; having guys like Hansen, Higgins and Santorelli on our 3rd and 4th lines will be a major score!
Shinkaruk Hank Kesler
Danny Horvat Burrows
Higgins Cassels Kassian
Santorelli Gaunce Hansen
Fart around with wingers as you like, add a muscle guy, but that is dangerous up the middle, bigger, faster and more dangerous!