May 15, 2019
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A case for my team.
(If you’re prepared for a long read.)
The Pittsburgh Duo combine with one of the best centres in the league to create a speedy line that can score goals. Rust had a breakout year and scored at a 40 Goal pace this year while Guentzel was on pace for 42 goals and would have shattered his season high for points before going headfirst into the boards…that ended his season…just to clarify….but hey he’s back and a huge boost for the pens in the playoffs. MacKinnon has established himself as a top-5 centre in the league and was in the Hart conversation this year as he elevated his team despite not having Mikko Rantanen for a large chunk of the season. With a corsi over 54% and scoring 1.35 Points per game, He was on pace for his best statistical season before the pause(111 PTS).
The perfection line just got even more perfect. I could stop there but just consider 2 of the top-10 wingers in the league with arguably the greatest centre in the world. Ahh. That’s nice. Marchand averaged over 1.2 PTS/G for the 3rd straight season while Pastrnak tied Ovi for the most goals in the league. Put him with the best playmaker in the world…..just imagine…..
“Quick, make a Pastrnak to PIT trade…..lol”
Wow, what a 3rd line. The EPIC Florida connection that in the last 2 seasons (151 GP) has amassed a combined stat line of 108 G, 220 A for 328 PTS helped their team have the 2nd best PP% (26.77%) in the league last year. Oh and by the way, Elias Pettersson (last year’s Calder Trophy winner) has entered the league in spectacular fashion nothing back to back 66 PT seasons at the ripe old age of 21.
Only the greatest 4th Line ever created. Mantha is a rising star and part of the only good line Detroit has. He had 38 PTS in 43 GP this year as he was limited due to injury. Anderson had an incredible year last year almost hitting 50 PTS and was a huge part of Columbus upsetting Tampa. Zibanejad has quietly become an elite centre in the league. His 0.72 Goals per game led the league this year, edging our Ovi and Pasta. Injuries kept him from being in the scoring race with (only lol) 41 Goals/75 Points, but an EPIC 5 goal game made all the highlights.
Arguably the 2 of the best defensemen in the NHL(insert Hedman somewhere to round out top-3). Josi was Norris caliber this year. He drove Nashvilles offense and stabilized the defence. He was almost at a point a game this year. Pietrangelo is the captain of the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues. With over 50 PTS this year and solid possession numbers, he has another great season.
Two Defensemen who battled it out all year for the Calder trophy have each vaulted themselves into the top-10 Defensemen conversation. They each recorded over 50 points total and aided on the power play. Two of the best young Dmen in the league on the 2nd pair.
Deangelo had a monster breakout year with 53 points. He is a great offensive defenseman and with Pelech tracking back can fully use his offensive capabilities. The aforementioned Pelech is a top-pair D on a very-good-defensively Islanders team. A 1st pair on some teams for sure.
I think Keumper is a bit underrated because he plays in Arizona and gets almost no publicity. With Arizona and even LA/MIN before that his stats are quite impressive. The last two seasons his key stats are: .926 SV%, 2.29 GAA, 7 Shut outs, Quality Start % of around .70%. He was so good last year he received votes for the Hart and Vezina along with the All Star Game. Merzlikins has an incredible rookie year with a .923%, 2.35 GAA, 5 SO, and a Goals saved above average of 12.10. I think he would have been an All star but was injured before. This is a very underrated but very solid goalie tandem.
Extras-(Graves, Coleman, Jarry)
One sub at each position. Graves led the league in +/-(+40)(I know it’s a flawed stat). He also had 26 PTS, 150 BLK, and 112 Hits. Coleman has quietly piled up 30+ point seasons and plays a good two way game. A great 13th forward who will play hard. Jarry stole the #1 job from Murray for a majority of the year with a .921/2.43 and was an All-Star. My subs are starters on every NHL team. Super deep team.
The PP has simply way too much talent!
The PK has some good two way players and some offensive punch.
Bonus points if you read the whole thing! Thanks!
--<a href="/users/Pens3lieve" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@Pens3lieve</a>
MaxDomi13 Challenge Round 2 Matchup 2
Pens3lieve VS Cheddamonkey37
Extras: Graves, Coleman, Jarry
PP1-Pettersson, Crosby, MacKinnon, Josi, Pastrnak
PP2-Huberdeau, Zibenejad, Guentzel, Marchand, Makar
PK1-Barkov, Rust, Josi, Pietrangelo
PK2-Mantha, Anderson, Hughes, Graves
Extras: Petan, Toews, Campbell
PP1-mackinnon, Barkov, Pettersson, Barzal, makar
PP2-Pastrnak, Bergeron, Marchand, Hamilton, Huberdeau
PK1-Couturier, Bergeron, Pulock, Slavin
PK2-Barkov, Danault, Josi, Theodore
<a href="/users/Cheddamonkey37" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@Cheddamonkey37</a> === feel free to make a case for your team.
Please vote in the poll.
Winner moves on to the next round.
MaxDomi13 Challenge Round 2 Matchup 1
Here we are at last in round 2. An updated bracket in in the thread-MaxDomi13 Challenge.
Noah_PTB VS villenash
Extras: Aston-Reese, DeMelo, Campbell
PP1-MacKinnon, Crosby, Pastrnak, Zibenejad, Makar
PP2-Guentzel, Draisaitl, Huberdeau, Josi, Pionk
PK1-Domi, Rakell, Josi, Makar
PK2-Ekholm, Zibenejad, Rust, Pionk
Extras: Deangelo, DeMelo, Mangiapane
PP1-Couturier, McDavid, Pastrnak, MacKinnon, Josi
PP2-Huberdeau, Pettersson, Lindholm, Svechnikov, Makar
PK1-Couturier, Lindholm, Hedman, Pulock
PK2-Faksa, Coleman, Josi, Jones
Please vote in the poll. Winner moves on to the next round.
<a href="/users/Noah_PTB" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@Noah_PTB</a> and <a href="/users/villenash" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@villenash</a> === feel free to make a case for your team.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Mitch1_6</b></div><div>Would Liljegren, Kapanen get it done????</div></div>
In terms of value, I think that's in the same neighbourhood, maybe. But the pens top-4 and overall defense would take such a huge hit it wouldn't be worth it. so while a fair offer may be being made here, I don't think it's worth it regardless just because then the pens need another solid RHD. Now in a couple years when the window is closed for the pens, I can totally see players like Marino, McCann, Blueger, Aston-Reese, Jarry, Guentzel, Pretty much everyone under 25 being traded for picks and prospects to start rebuilding for when Sid/Geno/Tanger retire.