May 14, 2015
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>jnowariak</b></div><div>I think you need a top line, then 2 seconds. But alas, I think my original question matters for next year because of the cap. Bringing on Bennet likely means you don’t re-sign Addison, so you need to think of the total surplus value.
The Athletic values Hartman at $4.4 ($1.7 actual), Ek at $8.6 ($5.3 actual), and Bennet at $5.5 ($4.4 actual). I don’t think there’s an edge in using that cap space on Bennet when you can get roughly the same on ice value for a third of the cap hit in Hartman. My point is that there’s more value in a guy like Walker coming up and playing like a $2 mil player than Bennet playing at his current level.
P.S. If Hartman gets his penalties under control, this won’t be an argument. And I’d take that bet.</div></div>
All things equal, I would take Bennett over Hartman 100 times out of 100 times, but because of their contracts, Hartman probably holds more value…especially to the Wild.
I’m not nearly as high on Walker as you are! I watched every game of his with the Gophers and I’m not sure he improved after his freshman season. Plus, he is already bald so I think his ceiling is right where he currently is…a fringe NHLer and nothing more. If he ever gets an extended stint with the Wild he will easily be exposed for what he is; a speed and effort only guy. His hands and head are definitely below NHL average!
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>wabit</b></div><div>He muffed a puck last game, but his hands are decent overall. Kap/Zucc and Boldy lines have both been better with Steel than without.
1 skill play a game, no more, no less Freddy G. Dewar has no o-zone skills except but decent speed, decent PKer. Hartman has a shot, but can't pass to save his life, and does stupid things. This is just picking the least bad of the bunch, and this year it's Steel. Steel needs to shoot more instead of trying to make that extra pass (a la Granny).
Any skill that is added to Boldy's line is immediately subtracted by adding the blackhole that is Rossi.
Boldy needs to be put with Greenway and JEE. There are a lot of wide open nets for Boldy to shank his shots on, rather than Foligno shanking his shots or not being a step too slow to get to the puck. The coach is too stubborn headed to try out different line combos when things aren't working.</div></div>
I’ve watched every game this season, some games twice…and every single game I notice how crappy Steel’s hands are! He can’t catch a pass that’s not perfect (can’t catch some perfect ones either), can’t stick handle in traffic to save his life, and is a horribly inaccurate passer! He is not an NHL player!
I hope you are wrong about Rossi! Time will tell…
I agree with most of your thoughts though…
I also believe that if Zuccarello didn’t share part of his brain with Kaprizov…he would be a very low end 2nd line wing! He is putrid in so many areas of the game!
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>wabit</b></div><div>Steel is the 2nd best center on the team, it's really not even close. He's still a plug, but his hands and speed are better than the rest of the plugs on the team. They should have treated Sturm better and kept him. He'd easily be the 2nd best center on the team this year.
Rossi isn't a NHL caliber player. He does well in the AHL on special teams but doesn't add anything 5v5. Walker is the only AHLer that could argue for any NHL time.
I'm meh on Greenway this year, but I'd take him in the lineup over all over Reaves, Dewar, Duhaime, Shaw, Hartman, and even Foligno half the time this year.
The only positive about Schenn is that he has a physical game. Everything else about him is on par with Merrill, Middleton, Kulikov, and Goli. Fine as a bottom pair/PK guy, but any higher in the lineup and he's out of place. I wouldn't mind him as the 3RD and Addison benched.</div></div>
Start watching Steel’s hands. They are BY FAR the worst hands on the team and not even NHL caliber. He can skate well, that’s it!
The thing this team needs more than anything is someone Boldy can play with, which is why I like the idea of acquiring Kuzmenko…or any other reasonably priced guy who can think the game fast.
Don’t forget to watch Steel - his hands are pathetic and now K and Z are starting to freeze him out…no good!