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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>NoVaSpartan</b></div><div>Huge wall of text so here are my thoughts:
- Wonder if we'll see Lapierre again or if they'll go elsewhere. Since they still view him as a middle 6 center, I wonder if they've gotten the look they wanted and have a plan in place already for next year.
- In the vein of a Sandin style move: maybe Morgan Frost? would depend on if he's available.
- Caps seem slightly lower on Leonard than some scouts. Surprised by the "2nd line" tag.
- Not sure who fits the bill regarding veteran center. Pavelski?
- Interesting to see how Carbery has tailored his scheme. Would like to see how it works the rest of the year.</div></div>

- I think Lappierre remains in the org. Not enough depth at forward to necessitate a move and he doesn't have a high enough pedigree/strong enough results to be worth a lot on the open market anyways.
- The forward version of Sandin (in terms of the bet, hopefully not in terms of results so far!) is exactly what I think GMBM wanjts to do. Would love Frost but I think most of the issues between him and Philly have been cleared up and I don't think he'll be available. MIddlestadt I don't know if the caps have what it takes to make a move for. Not sure what other options are out there
- Leonard I think we really have to wait to see how he looks without Perrault/Smith. Not saying he's being carried by them as almost all prospect guy says that he drives a lot of that line, just that the chemistry between them is so good it's tough to know what other situations look like. By second line winger I think more they mean that he's not going to be the best winger on a cup contender -- more of a brady Tkachuk than a Matthew
- Lindholm
- I think changing the scheme hasn't been as important as not having Kuzy ... obviously no one would ever admit that
Forum: Armchair-GMFeb. 15 at 2:17 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>beardy55</b></div><div>I'm not sure if you are trolling but what is your rationale behind that?

Henrique has more points in 51 games this year (35) than Nic Dowd's career high, and both players are the same age. Henrique also has a higher faceoff percentage this season.

Dowd beats out Henrique in hits and blocked shots, in fewer games.

Willing to hear an argument that he is a marginally better defensive player but to say he is a better player overall than Henrique is borderline blasphemous.</div></div>

Look at any advanced statistic and Dowd is a top 10 defensive forward in the league. He does all of that at "4c" while playing with quite frankly below replacement level teammates and against team's top lines every single night. Don't get me wrong, Henrique is a good player and certainly not a liability on defense but Dowd is not just "marginally better" defensively. As for scoring, when you look at it as Henrique's 22 5v5 points to Dowd's 15, there's a difference but not as big as it initially seems -- especially when you take in the fact Henrique is playing almost a full 2.5 minutes more per game and has been playing with guys like Carlsson and Terry instead of exclusively Malenstyn and Aube-Kubel.

Combine that with the fact that he's making 1.3M with no retention and has an extra year on top of this, and I think it's very reasonable to say that Dowd is a better and more valuable player. Goodrow, Foligno, and Coleman have all gotten 1sts in previous years. The Caps themselves just got 2nds last year for Eller and Hathaway. Do I think it's a first is an absolute locked-in return? No. Is it very reasonable to be asking for that? Absolutely.