see this is where i don't agree. what you are describing is a team that is maybe in the top 5 teams in the NHL. in an ideal world is mac in the top 9 because the depth is that good? sure.Oglethorpe wrote:Methot is a 2nd pair guy, MacArthur wasn't a true top 6 last year before getting concussed Puempel could be a top 6 in a few years but not right away.Flo The Action wrote:I third be fine with methot play with karlsson when he's healthy so really we could use a top 4 Left D. We could use a top 6 LW but that also depends on MacArthur, let's also see the progression of puempel. I think Zib can do alright if he progresses at the current pace on our second line.Oglethorpe wrote:We need a top pairing left D, a giant leap forward from Zib, a top 6 LW, re-sign Hoff, unload Cowen and Weir. No problem especially the top 6 LW and top LD when Chabot and White are not in play.Flo The Action wrote:We'd have no defence. We'd pretty much have to start over all over again then we'd not even know what the team looks like in 4 years. About as terrible an idea as I've heard so far. losing our best defenseman (not to mention the best defencemen in the game)just so we can have a kid that can be the player in 2 years is giving up on everything. By proposing that you seem to be giving up on everything else that's been done.Oglethorpe wrote:Which is why I would argue for an EK McDavid swap.wprager wrote:Oglethorpe wrote:Our current depth at centre is average at best. We have 2 number 2s and a few number 3s.
I know exactly what you're saying, but looking around the league, most teams don't have a #1 center. Simple fact is, there aren't 30 #1 centers in the league. There are, maybe, 10, and Pittsburgh has two of them.
Can't even agree one bit.
We just need a couple of pieces. Guys to mature. That's it. Nothing that can't be done by next pre-season.
So yes, to me that would be a vast improvement. That leaves all our picks up for trade along with lazar that still has value and some prospects. I think we can make a top 4 and a top 6 appear out of that and free agency?
is methot a 2nd pairing guy? sure. but lets be honest, there isn't many of those teams around that are stacked.
we are luck enough to have a guy like karlsson that i think we can live without having a 1st pairing guy to go with him. and yes certain players will develop into positions. in time chabot and white will take their place and possibly push guys out. i believe that we aren't that far away from contending for a cup. i never thought we were this year. if anything i thought we were a team that could make it to the second round. get some experience for the young guys. what i didnt bank on was the number of injuries we've been experiencing.
this team can beat both LA and chicago when they are on the ball. i see that, i see a team that's not that far. and i don't wanna hear any of the any team can beat any team on any given night but not in the playoffs. there's weight to that but if we can beat them then we aren't far from beating more then once. like i said, we are a top 4 and a top 6 away from being that team. the top 6 guy might come from within and the top 4 we will likely have to make a move for.
we shouldnt be wanting to blow everything up because we aren't the perfect model for a contender. we can get there. in time.