BigTed3 Posted March 18, 2016 Report Share Posted March 18, 2016 We've had the chance to evaluate a lot of young players this season. Perhaps not as many as we should have. Perhaps not in the roles we wanted or for as long as we should have. But nevertheless, we know more about many of these players than we did before. Here's what I see: - Daniel Carr: a surprise find. He works hard, he showed he can score some goals. Even though I doubt he'll be a 20-goal scorer, I think he can pot enough goals to make himself a worthwhile 3rd or 4th liner. - Lucas Lessio: good speed. Good physicality. I'm not sold on whether he can score enough to be an NHLer, but I think he can battle for a 4th line spot out of camp next year. - Jacob De La Rose: a responsible player with good hockey sense. But despite this, he has yet to show he can perform offensively in the NHL. I have doubts as to whether he can play in the NHL. - Philip Danault: he's fast, he's tenacious, and he's a French Quebecer who perhaps allows us to part ways with David Desharnais. He's been an impressive possession player since arriving here. Needs work on the offensive end, but he's a bottom 6 player who can stay. - Michael McCarron: he's shown he can use his size effectively and he's shown he has the skill to make that size worthwhile. A little rough around the edges, but he should be used in the top 6 the rest of the year and he should get a shot to start there next season. On the wing, mind you. - Charles Hudon: he has the skillset to play in the NHL. We need to see more of him though. - Nikita Scherbak: we need to see some of him. We know nothing about what he can do at the NHL level. - Stefan Matteau: like Lessio, he's shown he deserves a look in camp to battle for a roster spot, but he's by no means a given at this time. - Sven Andrighetto: I'm not sure he can be a top 6 player, but he can provide secondary scoring. I think we're best served by using him as trade bait in the off-season if we can use him to acquire another asset. - Mark Barberio: a diamond in the rough. I had low expectations for him and he's become a solid defenceman who can play the left side. Ideally, he's a 3rd pairing guy, but he makes Emelin expendable. - Greg Pateryn: solid and coming into his own. He can be a 3rd pairing right-handed defensive defenceman. - Victor Bartley: as predicted, he is a journeyman who doesn't have a future in the big leagues. He's been a bust as an acquisition. - Morgan Ellis: a talented player, he should get a shot to be the 7th D man next season, although it'll be crowded on the right side of the blue line with Subban, Petry, and Pateryn ahead of him. Based on that, I can live with Pacioretty-Galchenyuk-McCarron ???-Eller-Gallagher ???-Plekanec-Carr Danault-Mitchell-Lessio/Matteau We would ideally move on from Desharnais, Byron, Flynn, and Brown. DLR would probably be demoted. Scherbak, Hudon, and Andrighetto are the key question marks as to whether any of them can move into the 2nd or 3rd line LW spots, but we'd almost certainly need to acquire a veteran to fill one of those holes. On D, Beaulieu-Subban ???-Petry Barberio-Pateryn Ellis We move on from Gilbert and Emelin. The big question mark here is whether to move on from Andrei Markov as well. He can potentially be a #4 guy on the second pairing, but the left side of the D is weak and ideally, we would need to upgrade that spot somewhat. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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