Thursday, September 29, 2011

WTHL Team Review: Caribous

The Caribous have been stuck in the bottom of the standings in the past few seasons. Let's see who they kept to try and change their fortunes this year:

1. Pavel Datsyuk
2. Henrik Zetterberg
3. Jimmy Howard
4. Jack Johnson
5. Christian Ehrhoff
6. Shane Doan
7. Andrew Ladd
8. Dwayne Roloson

Great start. Can't find any fault here at all other than the amount of starts Roloson will finish with, and whether or not Ladd has plateaued or has more to show.

Keeper Grade: A

Going into the draft the 'bous needed to keep an eye on toughness and flesh out the roster. He could've almost went on cruise control. Here's who he picked up:

20. Mikhail Grabovski
36. Niklas Kronwall
52. Andy McDonald
79. Alex Steen
84. Roman Hamrlik
112. Matt D'agostini
116. Jarret Stoll
125. Todd Bertuzzi
132. Jordan Leopold
144. Mike Knuble
148. Andrei Kostitsyn
150. Bryan McCabe
180. Saku Koivu
203. Marty Reasoner
228. Andrew MacDonald

Outstanding. Going for established stars over youth should work well here. Almost too heavily leaning on familiar names, as McCabe has yet to sign anywhere and some of these guys may be entering their autumn years. Those youngsters on the Blues were a nifty grab. No goaltending support? Risky play, though Tampa and Detroit should keep the wins coming.

Draft Grade: B

I'm not going to bother to double-check, but I think the Caribous sport the most 20 goal scorers of 2010/2011. Counter to that, there's no knuckle-dragger on this roster, which abandons one stat category. If the points come, maybe that wont matter.

Team Grade: B+

Here's the depth chart, with one trade occuring since draft day:

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Doan
Ladd - Grabovski - Bertuzzi
Steen - McDonald - D'agostini
Kostitsyn - Stoll - Knuble


Johnson - Kronwall
Hamrlik - Leopold
Demers - MacDonald



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