Thursday, September 29, 2011

WTHL Team Review: The Killbot Factory

What's coming off the assembly line at the Killbot factory this season? Here are the keepers:

1. Joe Thornton
2. David Krejci
3. Milan Lucic
4. Brent Burns
5. Brad Marchand
6. Niklas Backstrom
7. Antti Niemi
8. Steve Downie

A balanced attack. We have a few instances where the hope is for developing youth continues their upward trajectory, and an excellent goaltending tandem, especially since Niemi has proven to be the real deal after earning the #1 job in San Jose. More established production at forward would've been nice, but a good start drawn from good teams.

Keeper Grade: B

Going into the draft we're looking for reliable, 1st line wingers to balance out the roster. Here's how the draft went:

28. Ryan Whitney
37. Jason Pominville
76. Brad Boyes
92. PA Parenteau
107. Chris Kunitz
108. Marc Staal
124. Rich Peverley
140. Steve Montador
156. Artem Anisimov
172. Andrej Sekera
187. Michael Ryder
188. Antero Niittymaki
204. Steve Sullivan
220. Jason Arnott
236. Marco Sturm

Killbot Factory had a few gaps in early rounds which could've hurt their chances, but dependable talent slid down the ranks and was snapped up here. The later in this draft we go, the more question marks arise as to what can be expected, but for the most part the players selected here are sound investments. Parenteau could be the biggest misstep here, as the forward situation on Long Island is getting a bit crowded.

Draft Grade: B-

This roster is heavy with role-players on good teams, so there may be instances where limited ice time may hold back The Killbot Factory in the standings. A lot of dice being rolled and hopes to be fulfilled. We could easily see a big payoff, but a little sugar from Lady Luck will be needed.

Team Grade: B-

Here's the depth chart, after a trade and free agent aquisition

Lucic - Thornton - Iginla
Kunitz - Krejci - Boyes
Wolski - Marchand - Ryder
Sturm - Anisimov - Parenteau

Peverly

Whitney - Burns
Montador - Sekera
Staal

Backstrom
Anderson
Khabibulin
Niittymaki

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