khay Posted June 6, 2015 Share Posted June 6, 2015 Our line-up should be more Sedin-Sedin-Kassian Baertschi-Horvat-Vrbata Shinkaruk-Bonino-Burrows Dorsett-Richardson-Hansen Very close to what I was thinking although I don't think Richardson and Shinkaruk will be on the team. Assuming that there is no trade involving one of Higgins, Burrows, Hansen, it will most likely be: Sedin-Sedin-Kassian/Burrows Higgins-Bonino-Vrbata Baertschi-Horvat-Burrows/Kassian Dorsett-Vey-Hansen Kenins A lineup that probably won't get far in the playoffs if it gets there. I think Burrows and Hansen still have something to contribute whereas Higgins' contribution is marginal. For example, Burrows can play with the Sedins if Kassian struggles and can mentor Baertschi and Horvat. Hansen's speed can compliment a slower linemate, like Vey and he has good forechecking abilities. Speaking of Vey, if we really intend on keeping and developing Vey, he needs fast wingers to rush the puck up, I'd say if Virtanen is ready, Virtanen-Vey-Hansen would be a better line than Dorsett-Vey-Hansen. For Higgins, I think we can find other players that can do what he does relatively easily. I'd like us to trade Higgins for a 3rd round pick and go after one of the following UFA's in this order: Beleskey, Ward, Santorelli: Sedin-Sedin-Burrows Beleskey-Bonino-Vrbata Baertschi-Horvat-Kassian Virtanen-Vey-Hansen Dorsett All three of the UFA's add grit to the second line. In the case of Beleskey, he is still young at 26 so he can be more of a permanent addition to the team. Furthermore, he was a teammate with Bonino before so there might be some good chemistry built in there already. Ward would be a stop gap (2 year contract) much like Vrbata was last season until we find a permanent fixture on the second line. Would bring size to that line but not so much the speed. Santorelli bring speed and tenacity much like Beleskey but he doesn't play as big as Beleskey does despite the similarity in size. He will demand the least amount of money and he wants to come here so he is the most likely candidate but due to his age, I'd say he is going to be a stop gap until the young players are ready to come up. I don't know if Virtanen will be ready in terms of his conditioning to play a fourth line role at the NHL level. Note that a fourth line role is basically all about hustle and hard work instead of fancy play and I think Jake has shown so far that he is willing to play that style in the AHL playoffs so his mindset won't be an issue but his conditioning might be as JB pointed out. A lot can change in the summer so I hope he comes to camp in top shape like Horvat did and make the team. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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