Speculation: Your teams strengths and weaknesses

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  1. Meeqs

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    As the regular season is about to begin I wanted to make a thread going over what you feel your teams current strengths and weaknesses are. Where is your team deep, what are their current holes, what are some possible solutions to these holes and finally what are some of the young impact rookies making your team for the first time that might cause a difference.

    It think its a good opportunity for us all to update our knowledge on each team and where they are at which may lead to more thoughtful trade proposals and discussion as well as to give each fan a place to inform others about their team and dispel misconceptions.

    Thanks to all who contribute and remember to be friendly in conversations.
     
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    Strengths
    - Top 9 Forwards
    - PP1
    - Top D pair

    Weaknesses
    - Goaltending
    - PK
    - Bottom 4 D
     
  3. JoeThorntonsRooster

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    Sharks:

    We have more than enough bottom-6 wingers. There are about 4 players who are perfectly ready for NHL minutes on a 4th line that will not suit up for us opening night.

    We do not need Kasperi Kapanen or Josh Leivo. At all.
     
  4. Mitch nylander

    Mitch nylander One of the biggest fans from a bipolar fanbase

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    Leafs

    Strengths

    Our offence is pretty great -)Tavares, Matthews, Kadri, Marner, Nylander, Marleau....
    Left side defence is decent -) Rielly, Gards, Dermott, Borgman, Rosen, Marincin

    Weaknesses

    Right side Defence -) Lacking a top pairing defenceman...
    Goalie Depth after Andersen ugh -) Sparks isn't great, if andy goes down we will be running either a combo of Sparks, Kaskasiou or Sparks, Mcadam.. Not good....
     
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  5. Devilsfan992

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    Devils:

    Strengths - Forward Depth, Young talent, Taylor Hall

    Weaknesses - A sure 2nd Line Center, Lack of a number one defenseman, Relying on too many young or aging defenseman

    Unknowns - Goalie Performance (Will Schneider return to prime form? Can Kinkaid keep up the solid play from the end of the year?), Contributions from young defenseman such as Santini, Mueller and Butcher.

    The Devils will have to see if their young players either improve or have a similar season as last year if they want to take the next step forward. These players are Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt, Pavel Zacha, Blake Coleman, Mirco Mueller, Damon Severson, and Will Butcher.
     
  6. Gritty

    Gritty F l a m e s

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    Flames:

    Strength:
    - Forward depth throughout all four lines
    - Top 4D
    - Productive/talented youth in all positions

    Weakness:
    - Bottom 6D (Stone is hit or miss and overpaid)
    - Mike Smith's health / unreliable backup
     
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    Habs
    Strengths:
    -None other than deep at wingers who score around 30 to 40 points.

    Weaknesses:
    - Defense
    - offense
    - PK
    - PP
    - C depth
    - Wingers
    Basically everything

    Unknown:
    - price/goaltending but if preseason is any indication its gonna be the bad price.
     
  8. Kcb12345

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    Strengths:
    1st, 3rd, and 4th line (and bottom 6 depth).
    Very mobile defense that can contribute offensively


    Weakness:
    - Huge question mark around our 2nd line
    - Our #8D, Roman Polak

    Potential weakness:
    - Young d-core with very little experience. Especially if injuries occur.
    - Powerplay and PK. Not sure how they will be under new coach
    - Goaltending is always a question mark but I'm confident in it this year
    - Spezza, Nichushkin
    - team could take quite a bit of time to adjust to a new coaching system. A slow start could be costly
     
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    You seem like a pessimist about your team.

    Strengths:
    Right side D when Weber is healthy (Weber, Petry, Juulsen, Fluery, Brooks is a great right side)
    Wingers (lacks an elite on the left side with Patches gone but Drouin, Tatar, Gallagher, Byron, and Lehkonen are all capable top 6 players when not snake bitten, Hudon and Armia have potential to grow into that level)
    Centre depth prospects
    PP was a strength last season
    Youth, Habs are a young team

    Don’t sell your team short. For a rebuilding team they are in a good spot.
     
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    Good:
    D is top-5 in the league if not the best
    Middle-6 forwards are quite good
    Fourth line has potential to be excellent if DeBoer has the guts to bench Melker Karlsson

    Bad:
    Jones in the regular season is not good
    Top line is quite subpar
    Suomela (3C) is unproven
     
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    Strengths:
    Super star forwards (and thusly Power play)
    Center depth
    Right wing depth
    Speed
    Transition
    Expirence

    Weakness:
    Physical play
    Lack of a true #3 d-man
    D-zone defense
    Back up goalie
    Slightly aging core

    Toss up/unknown:
    LW depth
    Murray/Letang bounce back?
    PK
     
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    Strengths: Mika ****ing Zibanejad

    Weaknesses: Everything
     
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    Strengths

    - UFA's to-be Lee, Eberle and Nelson should pull in a haul at the TDL
    - Clean-shaven
    - 4th Line Forwards
    - 7th D-men in abundance
    - Best day-care facilities in the NHL
    - Garth Snow as the Very Special Advisor
    - Owner's ability to leave Press Interviews within two minutes after start
    - Have home-ice advantage in two locations
    - Full season of hearing Butch Goring try to pronounce Filppula equals points

    Weaknesses
    - None
     
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    Buffalo Sabres:

    Strength:
    individual talent in top 6 and top 3 D
    Goaltending
    Speed in top 6

    Weaknesses:
    Bottom 6
    Bottom 3 defense
    Coaching
    Lack of grit in team overall
    Structure of team play
     
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    St. Louis Blues

    Strengths:
    - Forward depth out the wazoo; rolling 4 scoring lines
    - Strong defense
    - Lots of youth being injected into lineup

    Weaknesses:
    - The powerplay coaching was a disaster last year; has to improve
    - Allen a question mark as starting goalie
    - We don't have a traditional 4th line, it's just a bunch of kids; this may or may not become a weakness, we'll have to see
     
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    GODLY OFFENCE:
    BIG PAPPY, JOHNNY TRONNA, MAGIC MITCH & WILLY

    FT

    NIFTY MITTENS KADRI, PAPA LEAF PATTY MARLEAU, KAPPY & The Boys

    2 50 Pt D-Men:
    CAPTAIN MORGAN & JAKE THE SNAKE

    WORLD CLASS TENDY:

    FREDDY VEZINA
     
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    This is easy. (OTT)
    Strengths: Umm... Prospects ig

    Weaknesses: Everything
     
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    Oilers.
    Strengths - McDavid
    Weaknesses McDavid(relying on him)
     
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    Is anyone actually able to read this?
     
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    BHD Coaching change?

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    Strengths: centre, right wing
    Meh: defense
    Weakness: left wing, goal (back-up)
     
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    Sure we are definitely in a good spot for our rebuild. Hell, we have a top 5 pool imo.
    But the question was for heading into this season. My post was realistic not pessimistic.
     
  22. Dustin

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    Might add forward prospect depth. All of our high end prospects have made the team over the years and we've been using our firsts for defencemen.
     
  23. connormcmuffin

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    Leafs

    The good
    Stacked top nine
    Special teams elite
    Left side D is above average

    The Bad
    Possession game isn't contender level and give up way too much shots
    Goaltending depth (waivers hurt)

    The Ugly
    Worst right side D in the league and a GM that appears unmotivated to solve the issue.
     
  24. Qward

    Qward Because! That's why!

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    Strength: We are a team.
     
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    Canucks Strengths

    = Decent prospects pool
    decent powerplay actually for a team as bad as the Canucks

    = roster wise is weak on everything. Tanev Pettersson, Boeser Horvat are the only bright spots on the team, not enough to push them to playoff team respect.
     

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