What might our 8 defensemen be for the 2013-14 season? We have some interesting prospects.. Curious to see when they get the call up. Noticed Murray, Demers and Matt Irwin are FAs. I think they may opt to keep Irwin at least one more year. Just don't know about Murray, and there's talk about Boyle being traded, although he has one more year left.
Anyways, how would it feel to have these 8 on defense? We'd have some imposing figures, that's for sure.
5-11 190 ... Dan Boyle - keeps a puck-moving veteran with decent speed on the team.
6-5 225 ... Brent Burns - great shooter with imposing size and speed
6-2 215 ... Brad Stuart - solid veteran presence, although I would probably drop him to the 3rd pairing.
6-1 200 ... Marc Edouard-Vlasic - Great all around D-man.
6-2 210 ... Matt Irwin - up-and-comer with a nice shot.
6-2 205 ... Justin Braun - seemed to show promise, but I'm still waiting to see more.
6-5 220 ... Konrad Abeltshauser (dominating the QMJHL in his 3rd year just like Vlasic -- look at the similarities in their seasons)
6-7 235 ... Taylor Doherty - Developing slowly, but doing solid in Worcester. Not a lot of points, but seems to be playing solid D.
I wouldn't mind this, but I do think we try to move Boyle and his $6.7 million cap number -- third highest on the team -- to allow cap space to fill our other holes. I think the best scenario would be to combine our young prospects making the team in 2013-14 with a few talented veterans/role player signings and this team can be competitive.
According to prospect sites, the top 5 prospects for San Jose are 1) F Thomas Hertl, 2) F Freddie Hamilton, 3) D Taylor Doherty, 4) D Matt Tennyson, and 5) D Konrad Abeltshauser
I think Hamilton, Doherty, and Abeltshauser all make the 2013-14 team.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Mar 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM ]