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No matter what they look like
We aren’t the same team without 97. Doesn’t matter how Evason forms the lines..He’ll probably stick Boldy or Fiala with Rask and he will hold them back..Rask will probably be the 1C again with Rossi being 2C and JEE being 3C..smdh..
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What I want to happen is that I want Beckman to spend a couple seasons in the AHL playing center
His game easily translates from playing the wing which is his secondary position. Center is harder to adjust to when you get to higher levels. We need to develop more centers in the system. What this team’s problem is that they take too many prospects who play center and have them play wing as they don’t develop properly to be centers at the NHL level. We have Rossi who’s more than likely going to earn a roster spot on the big club, but Khovanov, Beckman, Khusnutdinov, Nesterenko, etc need to spend time adjusting to playing center the more they advance to higher levels of hockey and eventually the NHL. I’d like to see Khovanov/Beckman as a center combo in Iowa and not playing wing. Same goes for Nesterenko at BC. I want his coaches to realize his potential if he played center. He was rookie of the year. How about we make him the complete package as a center? This isn’t Matt Boldy here who is a natural wing.
Let’s keep developing centers. This way our depth will be where it needs to be to eventually make deep Cup runs because we’ll have the center depth to spread throughout the wing. This is why the Bolts were so successful in drafting and developing. Not to mention developing depth and star power upfront with Stammer as their centerpiece. In 2020 when they won they managed to make the Finals without Stammer. He only played ONE game. Shows how deep they are. In 2021 they did it again, but were for the most part healthy. They have tons of centers who can play wing, but are comfortable playing center. This is the philosophy we need to adapt to. It’ll take time before we are ready to contend, but this is what we need to do with developing our prospects who can play multiple positions. Center is the most important.
Happy to see Beckman get recognition!!! I wrote a fanpost on him a while back and it foreshadowed what he’s becoming now. Here’s to further success!! https://www.hockeywilderness.com/2020/3/21/21189474/where-does-adam-beckman-go-from-here-after-winning-whls-top-scoring?_ga=2.147733879.133897578.1629667895-1676854627.1599353197
This is what I'm saying
In order for us to be a true Cup contender we’ll need star power up front no question about it. There’s no way we was going to do anything with Rask centering Kaprizov and Hartman/Johansson centering Fiala. Bjugstad. NOBODY was going to put the Wild over the edge at center. Pettersson is a known commodity who is easily a PPG player in the NHL if it weren’t for some injuries, but he needs to keep getting stronger. He likely will because he’s not even 23 yet and still has room to grow physically. He’s incredibly gifted and has the ability to pull off some jaw dropping plays. Kaprizov does the same thing. Pettersson slotting as our 1C will make a huge difference. Rossi playing as our 2C with Fiala is another bonus unless you move Fiala to the top line and move Zuccarello down to the 2nd line. Rossi and Boldy are unproven, but they won’t have to be relied on to be saviors right away. They get to settle in a top-6 role, but won’t be so overwhelmed. JEE and his line stays together and continue to dominate. Gaudreau joins the 4th line as the bottom-6 is looking better. Pettersson, Rossi, JEE, Sturm/Gaudreau, etc.. as our 1-2-3-4 punch is what’s best for MN hockey! As far as finances go it’s possible to afford these guys. You just got to work harder..
I’m still not sold on our blueline being improved, but we’ll see.
So let’s clear cap space and go after Pettersson!!
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His injury was a setback. So that means he'll likely sign another KHL contract..
I don’t think he’ll be in Iowa. He just needs to build more muscle and be used to professional hockey. Once he does his translation to the NHL should go smoother. He has the tools to be a high-end top-6 center. He is right where he needs to be…but if this becomes another Kaprizov saga then oh boy….
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Going off of TC's comment, how about signing Kaprizov and trade his rights for a high-end forward on a ELC with a couple 1st rounders?
Then offersheet Pettersson. You know New York is a great destination for Kaprizov. How about we trade Kaprizov for Lafreniere and a couple of early picks including a 1st? Then we’ll have the cap room to make an offersheet the Canucks can’t match (like the Habs with Kotkiniemi). That way we get Pettersson over here and Lafreniere is now a member of a new team and gets a chance to show he’s not a bust. He’s built for the NHL game. Just faced a culture shock.
So now our lines look like this:
Zuccarello – Pettersson – Fiala
Boldy – Rossi – Lafreniere
Greenway – JEE – Foligno
Gaudreau – Sturm – Hartman
If we lose Kaprizov then we HAVE to replace his presence! No excuses! Pettersson can do that and Lafreniere is younger and could turn out to be the player Kaprizov is now or has shown to be so far..New York would love Panarin and Kaprizov together.
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I see Brent Seabrook in him. Shea Weber was the better offensive player, but Seabrook has 3 Cups and is looking for 4 with the Bolts
Seabrook was a great and physical two-way defenseman who could log a lot of minutes in his prime. During the Hawks Cup runs him and Keith dominated the ice. It wasn’t always about the production. Seabrook’s highest point total was 49 from ‘16. His strongest suit was playing the body, ripping one from the point, and being a factor in the transition either from joining or carrying the puck. He also got under your skin too. With O’Rourke he must’ve came from a mob family. Also with him on the ice no one is going to get slashed in the head and nothing’s done..Those days are OVER!!
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Perfect timing to talk about Kahkonen
By the time Talbot’s contract is up he should be our starter. That 9-game win streak wasn’t a fluke. He’s capable of being a good starter, but needs consistency. You need to fail before succeeding. Kahkonen need to see at least 30+ games this season. This is to see where our depth is. Once Kahkonen proves himself worthy this is where Wallstedt comes into play. You don’t want to throw him in the fire and be our starting goalie all at once unless Wallstedt has a quick transition. You’d want him to get adjusted while Kahkonen is our starter. Once Wallstedt emerges we should be good in goal for years to come. Jones can take his time as we’re not rushing him. Someone who can be a quality depth piece to call up just in case of injuries. Too bad Lindberg didn’t want to be here or else there would’ve been good competition in Iowa. Anyways, Kahkonen needs to rise this season and not run Talbot into the ground.
Actually you look on capfriendly Sturm will be a UFA
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Hey I see I'm mentioned yet again!! AWESOME!
I’m a fan of Firstov because he’s someone who fans question if they should follow him or not. Fenton took a flier on him in the 2nd round of 2019. He was picked after we took Boldy in the 1st round. Not going to go into a lot because I’ve been planning to write a sleeper prospect post about him. Firstov shows his value by having an affect on his UConn team by making his team better offensively. https://www.theuconnblog.com/2021/3/10/22319977/how-vladislav-firstov-transforms-uconn-huskies-mens-hockeys-offense
Clearly his offensive skills brought him this far. Now he’s learning about living life as a pro and preparing for the next step. He needs to put on more muscle and weight, but has been described as a power forward who protects the puck well in traffic and has a terrific shot and knows how to score goals. Could we have our own TJ Oshie per se or David Perron? They weren’t the fastest skaters on the ice, but power and skill took over as they were still effective. Both of them have Cup rings you know that right? I’m not going to say Firstov is a game-breaker who is top line caliber, but as far as top-6 upside or being a quality depth scoring piece there’s no doubt he has that potential. During his stint with Russia he hardly played. Let’s not let that define him though. I’d bet after his junior year Guerin wants to get him over to Iowa after signing an ELC. He has done good at the college level like Boldy. While Boldy has better upside Firstov has made a good case as well. Firstov don’t overlook him! More of our bright prospects and he deserves to be at 13th!!
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I can get behind the 1 year experiment now because we don't want to hit any road blocks
After year 1 Pettersson should be liking it here. It does mean more cap relief. If we sign Pettersson for 1 year at the price you proposed then that means we move Rask and Dumba first. Our cap relief would be $26,500,137 and that’s Fiala, Greenway, Sturm, Bjugstad, Goligoski, Pettersson, Merrill, Benn, and Kahkonen coming off the books in 2021-2022. Our most notable RFA’s are Fiala, Kahkonen, Pettersson, and Greenway. So should we sign the RFA’s and let the vets walk? I don’t see us signing all of them unless Greenway takes a team friendly deal.
Let’s say Geeenway’s next contract’s $3M – $4.5M for 3 years? Let’s say they agree on $4M. Then we’ll have $21,500,137 left to sign the remaining 3. If you want to keep the JEE line in tact then you move Zuccarello’s contract. Would Yzerman be interested in Zuccarello for 2 years? He’s taking contracts that expire within 1-3 years. That’s tons of cap relief. If Yzerman doesn’t want the whole contract how does retaining $1.5M-$2M sound? The Wings take $4M of his contract. So that puts us at $25,500,137 to sign Pettersson, Fiala, and Kahkonen.
How about Guerin signs Kahkonen for 3 years at $2M AAV? So that puts us at $23,500,137. Now we sign these two. We sign Fiala for $7M-$8M. Sign him for what he’s worth. Let’s say he agrees to $7M. Now there’s $16,500,137 remaining. We sign Pettersson to a similar deal where we still have wiggle room for the ELC’s. Also we have some cap coming from the buyouts as well. While $2,233,334 isn’t much it’s something.
In 2022-2023 we have Talbot coming off the books. Gaudreau and Kulikov as well. That gives us $7,116,667 cap relief while we get $333,334 from the buyouts. Again not much, but that puts us over $7.5M gained in cap space. Our blueline will be more developed as Spurgeon and Brodin need backup. We might need to sign a stop-gap player if O’Rourke isn’t ready or Lambos.
We could use another right shot defenseman. How about we trade Dumba to get one because we have enough forwards? I don’t know what to make of Kyle Masters yet. We are deep on the left side, but there’s isn’t much on the right side than Addison which is why we should’ve kept Menell. This needs to be addressed next summer. If you’re moving Dumba you need a replacement. We’ll have our top line set (Fiala/Pettersson/Kaprizov) and our shutdown line set (Greenway/JEE/Foligno). Let the kids audition to play with Boldy and Rossi. Beckman and Khovanov will be more suited for this role. Khusnutdinov still needs more muscle. Him getting injured was a setback. Our 4th line isn’t concerning. We have more of the kids coming in who can crush a depth role. What if Khusnutdinov shows he’s ready and slots in as our 4C? Makes us deeper than anything. Don’t sleep on Firstov people. He could slot in with Khusnutdinov and suddenly we have a very skilled 4th line as Hartman is guiding them.