Friday, September 23, 2011

WTHL Team Review: Porters Penguins

Next on the examination table is Porters Penguins. This team didn't fare to well last season, let's see who's returning to make a go of it this year:

1. Zach Parise
2. Maria Hossa
3. Andrei Markov
4. Niklas Lidstrom
5. Steve Mason
6. James Neal
7. Patrick Sharp
8. Jaroslav Halak

A decent cluster of talent, but a few concerns are apparent. Porters Pens are counting on a few players to bounce back from injury and a few players here are forecasted to have middling performances this year. A ransom was paid to rescue Porters prospects between the pipes.

Keeper Grade: C+

The key components Porter needed going into the draft were centers, which was going to be a tall order with the picks he had available.

40. Dave Bolland
80. Mike Fisher
88. Martin Erat
102. Radim Vrbata
104. Mason Raymond
118. Tyler Bozak
120. Viktor Stalberg
128. Andrej Meszaros
136. Brett Clark
152. Fedor Tyutin
168. Sergei Kostitsyn
184. Paul Martin
200. David Legwand
216. Lee Stempniak
232. Niclas Bergfors

Porter just couldn't plug the holes needed with only three picks in the top six rounds. Also, the Pens went to the well for forwards heavily in Nashville, which is a harsh team to draw from considering the coaching style of Barry Trotz.

Draft Grade: C-

There are some complimentary pieces of the puzzle here but a lack of first line talent, capable goaltending on mediocre teams, and a weak pipeline for the future leads me to believe the Penguins wont be contending without some moves or some serious overachieving from his bottom six forwards.

Team Grade: C

Depth Chart - No transactions since draft day.

Parise - Sharp - Hossa
Neal - Fisher - Erat
Kostitsyn - Legwand - Vrbata
Raymond - Bolland - Stempniak


Lidstrom - Meszaros
Markov - Clark
Tyutin - Martin


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