C Evgeni Malkin 3 C Daniel Briere 53 LW Thomas Vanek 48 LW Brian Rolston 78 RW Shane Doan 40 RW Erik Cole 105 D Mathieu Schneider 122 D Jay Bouwmeester 156 D Bryan McCabe 174 D Shane O'Brien 217 BN Tomas Plekanec 71 BN Brendan Shanahan 119 BN Tomas Holmstrom 129
G Jean-Sebastien Giguere 18 G Marty Turco 26 BN Jimmy Howard G) 242
Must be a lot of teams in this league- you're pretty top-heavy, talent-wise. The only way I can guess how good this team is would be to compare whether a person's scoring will be the same as, improve, or decline, from last year. Malkin-even probably, if Crosby's healthy all year. Briere- equal, maybe decline. Vanek- improve. Rolston- decline (older NJ forwards rarely score well). Doan- decline (his best year was last). Cole- decline (now behind Penner's big money contract in EDM). Schneider- improve (unless he goes to LA, then equal). Bouwmeester- Equal (before McCabe trade, I'd have said improve, but now he won't be relied on as much on the PP, etc). McCabe- improve. O'Brien- decline (Meszaros, Carle, Ranger ahead) Plecanek- equal Shanahan- decline (if he signs at all). Holmstrom- slight increase. Giguere and Turco- equal (which is very good) Howard- I keep seeing his name pop up. Anyone realize that the backup in Detroit is Conklin, who only posted a .923sv% when Fleury was down last year? Howard might see 10 games if he's lucky.
So- 5 same as last year, 4 improvements, 5 decliners, and one waste of a pick (Howard). Sounds mid-pack to me.