Tuesday, September 20, 2011

WTHL Team Review - Roly Snipes

From the top let’s head to the bottom and the Roly Snipes. This team is under new ownership after a dismal last place finish this past April, but things are looking up. Check out these keepers:

1. Patrick Kane
2. Brad Richards
3. Jason Spezza
4. Chris Pronger
5. Tomas Kaberle
6. Taylor Hall
7. Daniel Alfredsson
8. Tyler Seguin

Not bad, not good either. There are some players being monitored for bad wrists and Tyler Seguin may be another season away from making the leap to stardom, but burning a contract year on him while he’s on a deep Bruins roster is still a sound decision. No goalies kept which is rough, this draft in particular.

Keeper Grade: C

Roly Snipes was in dire need of some hard hitters and most of all, goaltending heading into the draft. Half of his keepers are in their final year of their WTHL contract and the rebuild continues in earnest. Here’s how his draft turned out:

17. Jaromir Jagr
33. Devan Dubnyk
38. Mike Smith
49. Evander Kane
54. Travis Zajac
65. Brian Campbell
81. David Booth
97. Nikolai Khabibulin
113. Sheldon Souray
161. Nathan Gerbe
177. Ryan Malone
193. Ray Whitney
209. Jason Labarbera
225. Pierre-Marc Bouchard
240. Andy Greene

Roly’s draft went pretty well. One negative would include sporting the goaltending tandem of Phoenix and Edmonton respectively; no worries about activity and they’re as good as what was available this draft, but not the greatest teams to roll with. Also the impact of Souray and Jagr are a question mark. Otherwise Roly Snipes has an investment in youth sprinkled among dependable players and a sound gamble on comeback performances from Zajac (who wont be available for a month or two after Achilles surgery) and Campbell, who’ll be back as top gun in Florida after being stuck behind Keith and Seabrook in Chicago.

Draft Grade: B

I’d consider the rebuild almost over and Roly Snipes is an improved team. Still, weaknesses in goal and in a few skaters stat categories remain apparent. It was surprising actually, old warhorses were taken in hopes of competing this season where grabbing prospects may have served the roster better down the road.

Team Grade: C+

Depth Chart of current team – two trades, one waiver pickup since draft day. Weaker at wing, but great depth at centre!

Kane – Toews – Kane
Booth – Malkin – Jagr
Whitney – Spezza – Alfredsson
Malone – Zajac – Bouchard

Gerbe
Seguin
Prospal

Pronger – Kaberle
Campbell – Souray

Dubnyk
Smith
Labarbera
Budaj

See you in a couple of days as we take a look at Greatness and Porters Penguins.

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