Re: Would Caps trade Ovie?
posted at 2/10/2013 8:23 PM EST
In response to Olsonic's comment:
In response to shuperman's comment:
Kuznetsov has been compared to kovalchuk. Hes dominated world junior And everywhere hes played to date. They say hes a cant miss prospect. Top line fwd. he is a franchise player. If they can get him to come over.
Forsberg again is what they call cant miss. He dropped in the draft but hes nhl talent for sure. Hes a big body with great hands. Top 6 fwd
orlov is a fine young dman. Can skate and move the puck. Projected top 4.
Wilson. 1st round pick that teams were hoping to land. 3rd line winger who could slide up like Lucic. Hes tough as nails and can score. Something they need. He almost made the team outta junior this year. He was drafted in the first round last year.
Johannson doesnt have the scoring touch but has world class speed. If he can develop his game hes an ideal 3rd line center.
Ovi is not old. Being in your prime doesnt mean its one year. Iggy has been ticking for yrs.
G holtby/neuverth. Both have the ability to be a number 1. Im betting its holtby who reminds me of cam ward.
D. Alzner/green/carlson/orlov. Thats a pretty solid top 4. Very young as well.
F. ovi/backstrom/forsberg. Kuznetsov/laich/brouwer. Johannson/wilson/ward
teams win by building from within. Recent history shows that teams with home grown talent win. Sure picks may not pan out. So far the capitals youngsters have done very well. Mix youth which will be coming in the next couple yrs with whats already there. As i mentioned they have 20 million in cap space. Getz or perry would be fantastic pickups. But the Capital young prospects. Especially forsberg and kuz are pretty much cant miss.
Time will tell. I wouldnt blow it up. I would deal all expiring comtracts. Ribero being one.
I think you are seriously over-valuing these prospects. Holtby and Neuverith have save % around .850 this season. They are getting absolutely shelled. Johansson, no amount of speed will make you a 3rd line center when you have 1 point, -7, and have managed just 4 shots while averaging 11 minutes of ice-time in 9 games.
as far as forsberg and Orlov, I have no idea, but those guys have floors and ceilings, and I think you are making your projections on the best-case scenario ceiling-hitting for every single prospect--that stuff just doesn't happen.
I dunno. they just let Semin walk and didn't replace him with anyone. they were thin @ scoring when Semin was in the line-up. IMO they are several players away from making this work, and that may be difficult when you're paying one player so much money.
Holtby won a 7 game series as a rookie against the cup champs. neuv. was the starting goalie when they won in hershey. Both young. i think holtby will eventually take over. Holtby with shutout last night. We only have sample size but holtby played great in the playoffs and has a confidence about him you need as a goalie.
Read anything on forsberg or his current yrs stats. Hes gonna likely be on their top line next year. Kuz many argue is the best player in the world outside the nhl. Orlov projected top 4 dman.
Theyve only been hard up on scoring bc of the 20th system change. Before that they were tearing the league up.
Johannson hasnt done much but wasnt nearly as hyped as forsberg or kuz. Wilson is a raw talent who will be in the starting lineup next year.
I dont think they win in the next year. But if these guys enter and add to what they already have which is one of the best records in hockey over the past 4-5 yrs. like you said. They still have the same guys. Adding a star 2nd line center like getz would be huge.