Re: Overlooked: Providence is going to be fun to watch this year
posted at 7/6/2013 10:17 AM EDT
I'm guessing they won't be signing Tardif, so the top line of Bourque-Spooner-Tardif will be completely re-invented. Spooner between Cunningham and Fraser?
Won't have Krug and probably not Bartkowski, but will have Morrow. The skill level on the back end might be a bit challenged with only Morrow and Warsofsky having any history of offensive contribution, but they have size with Casto, Miller, Trotman and Cross. Morrow's not an NCAA smurf, either.
Definite youth movement up front, though. No room to bring back Whitfield, Tardif or Hansen when you have this many young guys who you're looking to develop as skill players:
Spooner, Fraser, Smith, Khokhlachev, Knight, Camara, Griffith, Camper, Cunningham, Caron.
And you also have a number of 3rd line type players who could be NHLers:
Fallstrom, (Caron and Camara could be in this group), Lindblad, Flick, Florek.
That's 14 forwards and it doesn't include re-signed skating clown Robins.
Very fluid situation down there, I think. Hard to repeat as top RS team. A development year that hopefully includes the playoffs.
Are you not entertained?!?!