Monday, July 4, 2011

Philly.... better now? Even without Richards and Carter?

Its hard to say that a team is better after losing two centers as great as those guys... here is their line up right now:

Claude Giroux - Daniel Briere - Jaromir Jagr
Scott Hartnell - James VanRiemsdyk - Jakub Voracek
Wayne Simmonds - Max Talbot - Brayden Schenn
Jody Shelley - Blair Betts - Ian Laperriere/Adreas Nodl

Kimo Timmonen - Chris Pronger
Matt Carle - Brayden Coburn
Andrej Mezsaros - Matt Walker/Andreas Lilja

Ilya Bryzgalov
Sergei Bobrovsky

I don't know if Schenn would make the team, but I think he'll get a good look, if he can't make it then they'll have a good mix that can take on that role on the third line, Laperriere for sure. Anyways is this team better even though they lost Carter, Richards, and Leino? I mean, consider that Voracek put up 38, 50, and 46 points in his 3 seasons in the league. If he even puts up similar production that would be solid. JVR looks poised to take that next step, especially after how he looked in the playoffs (better than Richards and Carter). Jagr is a wild card, Simmonds and Talbot should be good role players, and Schenn is another wild card, if he can play at an NHL level and progress throughout the year this is a hell of a team. Defense is of course solid and deep, and best of all for Philly, goaltending no longer a concern.

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