All shot differential with no goals tells me is that they have the right system and the wrong personnel up front - something which you don't need numbers to tell you anyway. They don't currently have a 30-goal scorer in the lineup. They barely have three 20-goal scorers (Elias, Clarkson, Henrique) and at this point all of them - even Elias - are complementary players. Can't trust Zajac to get 20-25 anymore now that he's been awful two straight years without Zach. Half the other forwards don't even have double-digit goal potential. No defenseman currently has 10-goal potential either.
Even with Kovy they need a 'bit' more scoring at all positions. There's a reason Kovy was playing 26 minutes a game before he got hurt and that can't continue.
Elias and Clarkson are NOT "barely 20 goal scorers". i mean, this recent 10 game skid where nobody has scored hasn't helped but both are clearly 22-28G/ season - especially with their PP presence. Henrique should also be a 20G scorer. In a perfect world, they do add one more winger who is capable of scoring 20. i suppose its possible loktionov could get there.
ideally, you have:
now, gionta is obviously the current 4th line center but i hope they kill that nightmare.
zubrus could very likely be that 3rd line RW.
the key, as i see it, is finding the solution to 1st line LW - the devils have tried to make that a power forward type (zubrus/ponikarovsky/palmieri) where scoring was second to driving the net. i'd prefer it be a scorer.
as an aside, i'm not positive where matteau fits here as a LW unless they're going to keep henrique at center, in which case josefson moves down to center line 4. that's certainly doable.
i suppose, if the devils draft monanhan or shinkaruk, they could conceivably give them a shot at LW on that line but i think that's some serious wishful thinking on lots of fronts.
Edited by sundstrom, 16 April 2013 - 07:06 PM.
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