Jun. 26, 2021
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>futurebobmckenzie</b></div><div>Smith on the 3rd one to spread out talent/test DOC as a top 6 power forward. Smith and Joseph can’t be paired together. It just won’t work. We don’t have too many other options for the 3RW and Nylander deserves a chance</div></div>
Bottom line is it's really going to depend who wins at training camp. Multiple spots up for grabs imo and I don't think a lot of them should be predetermined already. This is what I'm thinking with all the x's being open spots that can be won.
Guentzel - Crosby - Rakell
Smith - Malkin - xxx
xxx - Eller - Rust
xxx - Accari - xxx
Poulin, Pitlick, Nieto, Nylander, O'Connor, Hinostroza, Johnsson, Puustinen fighting for those spots. I'd throw the best one in the top 6 to spread out the depth. I suspect Nieto is a pretty safe bet to win one of them. I think Pitlick, Poulin, Hinostroza have tons of potential as well and would love to see them in the lineup but it all depends, even though I would bet on them to be the best options.
I don't agree with all of these, but I think your analysis is pretty good. It's 100% true that there are always surprises, rarely does it ever play out how people think. Hockey is so dependent on team chemistry and getting hot at the right time. The best teams on paper almost never win.
I think for Metro Caps will be better and Rangers will be worse. Rangers it really depends on Kakko and Lafreniere imo. If both or even one of them breakout then I think that makes them a top team. If not I think they're closer to mid/upper mid. Sabres finishing second I could see. I think the Lightning have some flaws and with Buffalo boosting their defense this offseason they'll be a playoff team. I think the Panthers barely make it similar to last year, but man their defense without Ekblad and Montour is rough on the right side. The rest I agree with mostly. Not sure about the Kraken I feel they will be a really interesting team to watch. I think Stars, Carolina, Jersey, Knights will all be very very good teams that are for sure top contenders. With others like Toronto, Buffalo, Colorado, Kings, Oilers, and Penguins (I think) in that second tier of could win the cup if they get hot at the right time but not top favorites.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Hullsy09</b></div><div>Yeah I think Pitlick should start on the Crosby line while guentz is out. I would even like to see Yager play a few games there for a little test drive before going back to junior, who knows maybe he is impressive and sticks around
I think we can all agree that Crosby, guentzel, Rakell, smith, geno, rust, eller are 7/9 top forwards, now we just have to determine who the other 2 are and where they can play. Preferably whoever, out of the long list of hopefuls, can find some chemistry with Sid or Geno can play in the top 6.
I see you mentioned nylander is lacking in speed and I’m not disagreeing with you, but who, out of the list of hopefuls, is fast? I would say it’s Johnsson, Pitlick, Hinostoza, Yager, Poulin, puustinen, nylander, Carter, competing for those 2 spots. I’m not super familiar with some of these guys, but most of them are not exactly burners, to my knowledge</div></div>
Agree completely on your first point. Would be really interesting to see Yager there too. I don't think he's as far off as some people say he is and he looked really really good at the prospect camp. Like miles above everyone else (many of whom are supposedly close to ready). And who better to play and learn from than Crosby. Don't think it would hurt his development.
I think Pitlick and Hinostoza both have pretty good speed. Yager probably the fastest. Poulin I was impressed with him in the limited time he had last year. Wouldn't say speed is his mo, but I thought he was the most noticeable out of all the WBS guys called up last year. Puustinen is also very fast and I thought he looked good. But Poulin I think showed the most offensive potential and playmaking out of the WBS guys. I know it was only his debut with the Pens but 2 points in 9 games for Nylander was not ideal. Especially when on a line with Malkin. I think there will be other players that step up to that role first, but I also don't want to judge Nylander too fast. Hopefully he has a good camp.