Pavel Bure wrote:The Pens had quite a few Rookies this year
Did you read the post? I included a stat about how many games rookies played compared to other teams, which is slightly more specific than "quite a few".
Pavel Bure wrote:also this whole outlook that somehow the Pens problems are not enough rookies is very blah.
This response is akin to blaming Fleury or Blysma for losing the series. There is no one problem one solution. As HH says in another thread, this season was an organizational failure. I'm just stating our GM's priority with making up the roster should be to inject the organization with young talent and open up competition to rookies, instead of backfilling with vets. As a strategy, it accomplishes a bunch of things that in total help keep the organization fresh, with new affordable talent. IMO this philosophical shift is more important than saying "Shero needs to draft better," as it encompasses the end result, ie. putting together a complete team within the confines of the salary cap.
What might that strategy look like in action?
One example would be to trade Martin to TBL for Johan Harju + pick.
Harju is a big-bodied swedish goal scorer expected to start on Tampa's 3rd or 4th line this season as rookie. This move allows Shero to re-sign Niskanen, opens up a spot for Despres, and adds a young forward to compete for a spot in the top 9.