With the center of the ice being of crucial importance and Regier finally addressing that with the 2012 draft, the 2013 draft did not focus on centers or even forwards prior to the 2nd round. There is a reason. I am attempting to glimpse Darcy’s mind and think like him so here we go.
Cody Hodgson is most likely becomes our 2nd line center. At only 23yrs old he had a good season points wise last year but was seriously lacking in defense. This is our #2. So at this year’s draft did we really need to draft another #2… in Darcy’s mind no. Now that begs the question who becomes our #1 center. The answer is Grigorenko. I will ignore the collective moan from the fan base but this is how Regier is looking at this. Grigs is the #1 guy a couple years down the road so no pressing need to draft or trade up to try and get a #1 center. Finally at the #3 center spot we have Johan Larsson. Now before everyone loses their minds, Larsson centered Zemgus once he arrived and I think that is what they expect going forward.
Now we all seem to believe that our wings are extremely weak. If we project out 3years (barring busts) our RW looks the weakest. Joel Armia is coming in this year and should be a #1 RW. Obviously Stafford is not the #2 RW. So this is where some of this year’s draft comes in. Compher and Bailey both could fill this spot but that is really hard to say. So who do I put here? Well if I am channeling Regier, I hedge my bets and believe either Compher or Bailey will work out. One of them is a solid 2way guy who can be slotted in there, JT Compher. See what he did there? 2 guys all RHS that both project out to be good second liners. That leaves the 3rd line slot which can either go to the loser or to a guy like Brian Flynn who I personally like. Also
Now we have the crowded LW but again we are projecting 3yrs. So who is our #1? Thomas Vanek is of course. Darcy I believe plans on resigning him so I shall as well. So that brings us down to #2 LW and the only guy that should be around for that is Ott/Foligno/ Leino… yes seriously #2 is that crowded. Ideally we resign Ott and he becomes our #3 LW and Foligno maxes out as our #2. Now Leino is an issue because he doesn’t really fit in the end, but he will be traded prior to this I think, unless he blows us all away. There is so much depth and time for the LW that we should not be worried. In the Pipeline behind these guys is also Connor Hurley, Daniel Catenacci, AND Zemgus Girgensons.
Forward lines in Darcy’s mind in 3 years…
Vanek – Grigorenko – Armia
Foligno – Hodgson – Compher/Bailey
Girgensons – Larsson – Ott? Compher? Bailey? Flynn?
Moving on to defense, I think Darcy’s mind is now firmly thinking like this…
Tyler Myers will work hard this summer and finally understand what it takes to be a #1 defender and actually succeed in that role. He needs to be in condition and be strong. Ehrhoff is locked up as your #2 guy and veteran leader. Mike Weber slots in at #5/6 or could be gone, flexibility. Now that leaves these guys, McCabe, Ristolainen, McNabb, Zadarov, Pysyk. I would believe that DR thinks McCabe and Risto will be here relatively soon if not in the upcoming year. Zadarov should be coming in next year (McCabe could be also in this category). McNabb is a wild card I think and good be a permanent AHL star. That leaves Pysyk who is a puck mover and should be hear this season. So if DR mind how does this end up? Well if I had to guess:
McCabe – Myers
Ehrhoff – Ristolainen
Zadarov – Pysyk
Weber - McNabb
Edited by LGR4GM, 03 July 2013 - 06:14 AM.