Re: Soderberg in: Horton on way out?
posted at 4/14/2013 1:48 PM EDT
Lucic has played away from Horton three times this year. He has goals in two of those games.
Look at that lineup without Lucic again and ask yourself: who will the softest team in the NHL be if the Oilers upgrade with Lucic?
DK - average sized skill player who is not known for hitting or ferocity (pace Bob Cole)
Bergeron - 4 concussions in the last 5 years. Not going to be banging.
Marchand - pest with a rep who is now keeping his nose clean to keep his skill on the ice.
Seguin - rep is that he's afraid. Truth is that he's not an instinctive contact player - looks to use his speed and skill to get space.
Jagr - has he ever hit someone? 1650+ points, 2 hits for the career? Big guy, strong guy, but not a physical force.
Peverley - speed player not a hitter
Kelly - speed player, uses the body for leverage, not a contact player
Yak - hits more than Seguin, but is awful defensively and not that much more productive than Lucic. Absolutely insane to say he is more valuable than Lucic. Could be, but right now?
Soderberg - never played in NA. Think he's a banger?
Spooner - not as soft as he looks, but no one is sweating the pre-game thinking "gotta keep my head up when that 5'10" 170lb guy is on the ice."
Campbell - if he hit more than he does, we wouldn't be worrying about how soft they are right now.
Thornton - Does it really matter?
If anything, the Bruins need a Clarkson or Backes type player for the third line who can drop 15-20 goals, play responsible D, and wear teams down. The only guy they have in the system with a hope of meeting that profile is Camara. Yakupov would be a nice toy - until CJ or whoever else they replace him with if some get their wish bury his hot-dogging arze in the dog-house.