Bowser wrote:I'm not asking for another Crosby, Malkin or Staal.. but you can't have a team full of pluggers and right now beyond Sid, Gino, and Neal.... I'm not all that impressed with our collection of forwards in the NHL and really not with that list I posted. How many from 09-12 do you think will turn into productive NHL players? Pretty dangerous to think you are going to draft a pile of defensemen and turn them into forwards. No one wins every trade, not every pick pans out, and you still need to have quality defensemen on the team.
Who is going to be coming up to replace Cooke, Dupuis, Kunitz, Adams, Kennedy, Glass and Sutter in 2-3 years, someone from the 09-12 classes?
Bowser wrote:.. but you can't have a team full of pluggers and right now beyond Sid, Gino, and Neal.... I'm not all that impressed with our collection of forwards in the NHL
Bowser wrote:pens_CT - This isn't a complaint about building a roster full of players drafted by the team, so don't even try to paint it as such.
The point is, the Penguins have no depth at forward and if they would lose a top six winger.. they've got nothing beyond a first year pro in Bennett and Megna. They have very little in the system. You need to stock pile talent in all positions because you never know what will happen and god forbid something happens to Crosby and his head again.
In two years, who from the 10-12 classes are going to be in the mix? Bennett and who else.... it is amazing, no one wants to debate saying x player has the skill set to go from a current third line plugger to potentially the top six. Guess I'll be waiting awhile for someone to tell me how they think the 10-12 classes are developing nicely and that 3-4 guys will be quality NHL players and will be better than what we've seen from the 06-09 classes (3 forwards).