Sunday, August 10, 2008

Pacific Division All Star Team


Ken Armer and myself have worked together to try and make one team out of the many great players here in the Pacific division. Out of the five teams in the division, each one has players that are great now and guys that everyone should watch out for in the near future as they reach for stardom in the NHL. 

Forwards

Line 1: Morrow (A) - Thornton (C) - Doan (A)
A tough line that will certainly wear the opposing defense down. These three big guys aren't afraid to get nasty and would certainly make a formidable line in the NHL. These three are all leaders on their respective teams and would lead this all division team.

Line 2: Ribeiro - Getzlaf - Perry
Ken says "The chemistry that Perry and Getzlaf have at a young age makes this line dangerous immediately. Ribeiro will certainly be able to keep up with these two young guns while his playmaking abilities will certainly only make this line much more potent". 

Line 3: Marleau - Jokinen - Kopitar
These 3 guys, like the first line, are big forwards who aren't afraid to get nasty. Marleau and Jokinen are veteran forwards who would be able to help Kopitar to reach his potential as an elite forward in the NHL. Jokinen is new to the division but he is belongs on this all division team.

Line 4: Carcillo - Avery - Ott
What is there to say about this line? This would be the most annoying line to play against in all of hockey. Sean Avery alone is a hand full. Adding in Carcillo and Ott just sweetens the pot.

Watch out for: Dustin Brown, Peter Mueller: For now, these two young guys have been turning it on. Brown seemingly out of no where has found his scoring touch on LA while Peter Mueller showed his goal scoring skills in his first year. Look for these two to continue their ways.

Defense

1st: Scott Niedermayer - Chris Pronger
These two have been great defensemen  throughout their careers. Niedermayer is a man with good offensive abilities and knows how to defend against the best players in the game. Chris Pronger can lay down the physicality and his shot from the point is one of the best. 

2nd: Sergei Zubov - Derek Morris
Zubov has been one of the best offensive defenseman in the league his whole career but has been stuck in the shadow of Nick Lidstrom. He still has plenty of offensive touch and could run a PP blindfolded. Derek Morris would be a great defensive compliment. He isn't afraid to get physical and would be a great defensive partner for Zubov, even if he isn't flashy.

3rd: Dan Boyle - Rob Blake
Dan Boyle comes to the Sharks as being one of the best offensive defenseman in the Eastern Conference with Tampa Bay. His offensive abilities rank right up there with the best of the them. Rob Blake is still a defensive stalwart on the back line while his shot allows him to continue being an offensive threat from the point.

Watch Out For: Matt Niskanen, Jack Johnson, Zbynek Michalek: Niskanen came into his rookie year with the Dallas Stars relatively unknown but has certainly made his mark after showing his confidence with the puck in Dallas. Jack Johnson's physical play will certainly make him someone to reckoned with in the Western Conference and is a big piece to the future of the LA blueline. Michalek has been with Phoenix and showed he can play offense in his rookie year and then spent last year covering for defensive mistakes made by Ed Jovanovski (reason he isn't on here) and lost some offensive time. 

Goalies

Evgeni Nabokov - Marty Turco

Right now these are the top two guys in the Pacific in terms of goaltending. Nabokov had an unbelievable year while Marty Turco brought his team to the Western Conference Finals. 

Watch Out For: Ilya Bryzgalov: Bryz gave the Coyotes new life when he was picked up off waivers from the Ducks. This upcoming year will be his first full season as a starter. He has been looking to snag a starting job in the NHL and this is his big chance. 

Some names were omitted but we feel that this would be the best team that could be made out of the Pacific Division. It is tough to narrow it down with so many great players. Who would you have added? Taken away?

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3 comments:

MJ Kasprzak said...

Richards should be on one of these lines, and I would start Giggy, but you can't argue with Nabby or Turc too easily. When you think about it, the Pacific has four of the top dozen and three of the top six or seven goalies in the league.

Cameron Paul said...

I think you need to add Jovanoski in there. I think he is better than Rob Blake at this point in their careers.

MJ Kasprzak said...

And hey, I just realized you had Joe as captain. NO WAY! He isn't even OUR captain. My first choice for player AND captain on ANY team I assemble is Brenden Morrow. Nobody is a more well-rounded player (great defensively, physical as heck, can score and pass and handle the puck...) or as good a leader.