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Forum: Armchair-GM24 hours ago
Forum: Armchair-GMYesterday at 9:41 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Caerii</b></div><div>There is no chance in hell McBain makes his debut this year. Boldy didn't get his debut last year, and still hasn't. They didn't even give Rossi a chance at making the team in camp. If McBain even plays this year, he's going straight the to AHL, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Incentive or not, he's not playing in the NHL this season.</div></div>

Rossi is nowhere near ready to play in the NHL. He's probably the 4th best FWD in Iowa right now: Boldy (he's been the best player on the ice in the AHL games I've watched this year), Dewar, Rau are better than him.

Boldy not getting at least a couple NHL games last season was bad management. They need to learn from that and do better. Prospects need to get a cup of coffee and experience the speed of the NHL game so they at least have an idea of what to expect when the next preseason starts.

McBain and Boldy are completely different situations.
Boldy had 1 choice: go back to college and play 2 more years or sign with MN and at least burn a year of his ELC.
McBain can wait a few months and be a FA that sign anywhere he wants. The number of years of his ELC will be the same if he signs with MN or waits to become a FA. The only thing MN can offer him is money this year. The only way to make the money rally matter is to have him getting NHL pay, not AHL pay. NHL pay is like 10 times greater than AHL pay, per day. That money is the real cookie, the couple of games he gets into is just the icing on the cookie.
Forum: Armchair-GMYesterday at 5:14 p.m.
Forum: Armchair-GMNov. 23 at 5:32 p.m.
Forum: Armchair-GMNov. 23 at 5:08 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Caerii</b></div><div>Defense is the definition of "fine" when healthy, but as when Kulikov and Merrill have to play up the lineup it's very clearly not fine. Goligoski is very weak as a #4. Spurgeon has been disappointing for the responsibility that has been thrust upon him.

It's not a Cup run defense. It's going to get shredded in the playoffs, and Talbot is an average backup goalie, so he's not going to win you any games.

Scoring depth is good, but when is it going to dry up? Foligno and Hartman on pace for 50-60 points isn't sustainable, and I'm not sure how much the scoring is going to improve from the top guys. Fiala has zero support and Kaprizov/Zuccarello are pretty close to topped out.</div></div>

I see the d-corps, when healthy, as a 1 x 1D (low end), 2 x 4D, 2 x 5D, 1 x pressbox quality d-man. Brodin can carry one of the 4D and make an okay top pair; that is ideally a great 2nd pair. Kulikov should be able to carry Addison (he should be on the every day roster) as a 3rd pair. It just leaves the 2nd pair as very weak overall; it's more like 3rd pair "A" and 3rd pair "B" (the 5v5 ToI reflects this so far this year).

Foligno is down from his 5v5 /60 pace from the last 2 seasons (1.7p/60 this year, 2.3 p/60 last 2 seasons combined). The PP points are helping to bloating his stats. I think the PP points will drop off a little (7.2p/60 now to around 5.0 p/60). So he shouldn't really fall off much from where he is now overall.

Hartman is riding a very hot streak. 20g and 40-50p overall is where I see him ended the season.

It's not just those 2 with the depth scoring. Every FWD (except Greenaway) with any amount of playing time has chipped in a couple of goals here and there. All of those players should be able to maintain similar output for the rest of the season (except Pitlick)