ziggystardust wrote:Reilly wrote:borohcky9 wrote:I hate to break the news to you, but Ouellet, Christensen, Armstrong, Talbot, none of these guys are top line talent....period...now drop it, we are in serious need of offensive fire power on this team.
Given Lemieux and Palffy already left and Recchi and LeClair will soon follow, I agree.
Lemieux and Palffy DIDN'T provide "fire power"
They loafed and coasted all over the ice. They hurt the team.
Recchi and Leclair?? "fire power" from those two? are you kidding?
those players are garbage. The offense that Ouellet, Armstrong and Christensen will provide when malkin arrives will FAR exceed what those old guys have done this season.
Ouellet scores goals. He knows how to find open spots and is a tremendous finisher. He is going to be a great weak-side winger for Malkin. Armstrong bangs bodies and goes hard to the net. He will greatly benefit from playing with Sid. Christensen is strong on the backcheck, hard-working, smart in the offensive zone and has one heck of a shot. He is most certainly a top two line player.
Those young guys are going to be good first and second line players because the styles they possess mesh so well with what Malkin and Crosby bring to the table.
The penguins don't have a first pairing defenseman in the organization at this point, unless whitney greatly improves his defensive play. Adding a future number one defenseman is just something you can't pass up. Defenseman who can play 30 minutes a game can make up for so many short-comings and injuries to other players back on the blue-line. I just don't understand how you can look at the impact that Pronger, Chara, Lidstrom, Blake, Zubov etc have had on their teams and casually write off the effect of a true number one defenseman - and that is precisely what Johnson has the potential to become.
You don't, IMO, pass on that.
I would be fascinated to see how many other scouts around the league project Oulette et al to be point-a-game players like Palffy was for his career...
I am guessing...uh...not too many.
Aside from Crosby and potentially Malkin, the Penguins have next to zero potential impact players up front. Too much scoring-projected or otherwise-ain't one of their problems.
If anybody is banking on Oulette and others to carry the load, expect this team to compete for more lottery picks in the near future.