TheGuardian_ Posted May 20, 2017 Share Posted May 20, 2017 Rebuild or no rebuild, re-tool or no re-tool, what matters is figuring out what the future could be like. The youth stuff will come but will the team and owner be willing to suffer for a decade of trying to catch up to Edmonton and other young dynamic teams on the rise? They are so far behind after blowing three years that IMO there is only one way for them to attempt to be actually competitive for a cup run. They will need to decide to go the New Jersey way, dull hockey but could quickly be effective without depending upon getting Sedin replacements. They have the coach for this system as that is his system in Utica. They will need to sign many large, fast players and many defensive defence men. A system doesn't rely upon skill and creativity so much as adhering to smaller expectations, just do your job. It is not as hard to find 9 forward players that can skate fast, hit, follow instructions and occasional scoring doesn't hurt but just about all NHL players were scoring machines in junior on their teams so 6 to 10 goals from each could be considered a win. The idea being that it is a defence first system so goals against drop considerably. The hockey would be boring likely a 1-2-2 or a left side lock, dump and pray but it would/could have immediate results in competing against highly skilled players. A big need would to be effective on the special teams PK and PP as the system would likely rely on PP goals to win with killing off penalties for hooking as the other team skates through the middle. The defence in a system like this again would rely upon getting large, stay at home defencemen with maybe two that can move the puck or have an offensive flare. Again not real hard to do, the Nucks already have a few of those in Tanev, Sbisa, Pedan, Tryamkin, McKeneny ....with Stecher and maybe OJ adding the flare. OJ and Brisebois would likely end up in Utica for a season or two. Looking at the Canuck prospects it appears that management has been going in this direction already with many dmen listed in the top 20 or so. Now going this route is the simplest and easiest, it doesn't require a whole lot of work from management, no difficult trades, no genius drafting, no complex cap management, no replacing the Sedins, a really dumbed down type of team building, just keep rotating bottom 9 players through the roster until the ones that obey best are discovered. Goalies in a system like this will look fairly good as long as they can stop the first shot. With the expansion draft coming up there could be many of these types of players available, trading this years later round draft picks could yield far beyond what could be expected and the team will lose only one player regardless of how many they have or trade for. There will be many very good 3rd/4th liners made available. So they need to decide witch way to go, but I think they already have. Go for a second level NHL star from some team to help bolster the PP and doing nothing else except trade for expendable players in the expansion draft. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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