Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WTHL Team Review: Milltown Moose

Let's drop down to Milltown to check on the Moose. Is this team gonna clutter up the highway this year, or hide in the gulch during hunting season? Here's who was kept:

1. Evgeni Malkin
2. Jarome Iginla
3. Ryane Clowe
4. Carey Price
5. Corey Crawford
6. Craig Anderson
7. Mikko Koivu
8. Tomas Plekanec

Deep in goal, top line forwards and decent contract status. Like a few other GM's, one has to believe that Milltown took a look at what was available in this draft and chose his keepers accordingly. Malkin has to make a comeback and Ottawa has to rally around Anderson to meet high expectations here.

Keeper Grade: A-

Going into the draft we're looking for defensemen and wingers. Here's what Milltown Moose pulled outta the hat:

18. Brandon Dubinsky
34. Brooks Laich
59. Joni Pitkanen
66. John-Michael Liles
82. Kevin Bieksa
91. Max Pacioretty
98. Cody Franson
130. Blake Wheeler
171. Paul Gaustad
178. Danny Cleary
194. Peter Budaj
210. Mike Santorelli
224. Benoit Pouliot
226. Milan Michalek
235. Lars Eller

See a pattern? Good choices throughout and Dubinsky is a dandy, but Milltown was playing catch-up to flesh out other positions for the rest of the draft, thanks to a gap in the first few rounds from trading picks. Regardless of that he had a fine result, but his roster could've been monsterous if he didn't have 5 picks in the bottom 50.

Draft Grade: C

A look at this team and one has to think that some of these players must be on a short leash for results. The bottom six forwards and defense don't truly compliment the top line talent. This field needs some tilling.

Team Grade: B-

Three trades and two free agents later, here's the depth chart:

Clowe - Richards - Pominville
Laich - Koivu - Wheeler
Dubinsky - Plekanec - Cleary
Pacioretty - Gaustad - Samuelsson

Michalek
Sullivan

Liles - Bieksa
Pitkanen - McQuaid
Franson

Price
Niemi
Crawford
Greiss

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