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July 1st UFA Preview

Post by AlexM » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:09 am

I took a look at the upcoming class of unrestricted free agents and reached a startling conclusion... if you're hoping to use UFA's the take the next step, you're gonna be disappointed come July. Without further adieu...

GOALIES

James Reimer - NYI
Was great in Toronto (.923) mediocre in Brooklyn (.899). Has probably the best attributes of a free agent ‘tender.

Cam Ward - CAR
Second by default. Was part of the reason Carolina had a rough year. Below average SV% for the fifth consecutive year.

Josh Harding - EUR
Won 22 of 30 games and put up a .937 SV% in Finland. Has some very decent attributes and stands out in this weak free agent class.

Jhonas Enroth - LAK
An above average save percentage (.913) will get you noticed when the class is this weak. How much did he benefit from the Kings’ tight defense?

Jonas Hillier - CGY
2nd highest AvR of free agent goalies (7.42), but his decidedly average SV% is worrisome (.907)

Jeff Zatkoff - PIT
Played surprisingly well. Like, goaltending-controversy-well. .922 SV%, 7.67 AvR and 13 wins out of 20 starts for a non-playoff team makes you wonder if there’s more there.

Karri Ramo - NAS
Was average. Has the attributes to maybe be an alright starter or a strong back up. Might want to be paid too much to do the latter.

Carter Hutton - CGY
Solid, unspectacular backup. Had an average SV% (.905) and an alright AvR (7.38) with stints in Nashville and Calgary. Could fit nicely as someone’s 2nd stringer.

Antti Raanta - NYR
Basically the same as above, but slightly worse. Better attributes and better teams than Hutton, worse results. Bears watching.

Al Montoya - WPG
We needed a 10th goalie for the list. He was good in Florida, bad in Winnipeg, REALLY good in Manitoba of the AHL. If you need a backup, you could do worse.

DEFENSEMEN

Christian Ehrhoff - D - LAK
Had a great season with the Kings, putting up 35 points in 57 games. Is the likely #1 target for any teams looking for blueline offense this July.

Tom Gilbert - RD - MIN
Was quietly effective in Montreal. Didn’t generate much offense, but an AvR of 7.15 with only 10 PIM suggests that he played some quality minutes for a contender and will be able to do so again.

Kyle Quincey - LD - DET
Hey, did you hear that the market is SUPER thin? Alright, good. Kyle Quincey somehow lands here on the basis of having alright attributes and garbage results.

Braydon Coburn - LD - ARI
If you like your defenders big and slow, this is where you’re probably coming. 6 foot 5 and 230 pounds, he doesn’t add much value offensively anymore scoring 6 points in 42 games.

John Michael Liles - LD - CAR
As sad as it is, he may be the second best puckmover come July 1st. Had 5 goals and 27 points, though that -31 will scare off some people.

Mike Kostka - RD - OTT
Who the hell is Mike Kostka? He had a very respectable 7.05 AvR through 63 games on a surprising Ottawa blueline. 5 goals and 23 points isn’t shabby either.

Luke Schenn - RD - COL
If you like smashmouth hockey, then maybe this is your guy. High hitting and strength might make up for his lack of offensive abilities. Or might not. Your call.

Jamie McBain - RD - LAK
Quietly proved that he can handle bottom pairing minutes with aplomb. Played every game, put up 21 points, and was close to a 7 AvR (6.89)

Dan Boyle - RD - NYR
Forgettable regular season was followed by a great playoff run where he had 10 points in 18 games. Is there gas left? Someone will bet on this former Cup winner.
Matt Donovan - LD - BUF
Had a big year in the AHL, scoring 10 goals and 44 points. Seems to be ready for the jump to bottom pairing duty in the “bigs.” Yes, the market is thin.

FORWARDS

Radim Vrbata - RW - ANA
38 goals and 63 points with a 7.67 AvR will get you some respect as the top offensive free agency target

Eric Staal - C - TOR
Had a “terrible” season and eclipsed 20 goals for the 10th time in 12 seasons. Intangibles and position are the draw here as he’s the best centre on the market.

Jiri Hudler - RW - CGY
Had 50 points again, but more was expected. Still possesses skill in abundance.

Tomas Plekanec - C - MTL
While others thrived in Montreal, Plekanec struggled and finished with 12 goals 42 points and an 6.87 AvR. Still provides a very strong two-way game.

David Perron - LW - PIT
Bounced back with a solid 18 goal, 52 point campaign. His AvR of 7.26 is the 5th highest of free agent forwards.

Jaromir Jagr - RW - FLA
‘Old man’ Jagr had a great year in Florida, scoring 21 goals and 43 points in just 59 games. Though his physique is in clear decline, he still remains a scoring threat. Had the second highest AvR of all free agent forwards (7.56)

Frans Nielsen - C - NYI
An off-year could cost the 32 yr old Dane. He had just 10 goals and a moribund 6.52 AvR whilst playing tough minutes in Brooklyn. His two-way game will garner interest.

Justin Abdelkader - W - DET
His electric playoffs (5g, 6pts, in 7 gp) could see him get a big deal. Plays a solid, two-way game and has the versatility to fit up and down the lineup.

Jiri Tlusty - W - PHI
Enjoyed an offensive renaissance scoring 25 goals in Philly. Could easily slot in to most team’s middle six and provide some secondary scoring.

Viktor Stalberg - W - NYR
Found himself in the bright lights of New York, putting up 14 goals and 35 pts with a 7.24AvR in 79 regular season games. Was even better in the post season. Brings size and speed to a bottom six role.

David Jones - RW - PHI
Don’t be fooled by the fact that he spent the end of the season in the AHL, he put up 13 goals and 34 points in 75 NHL games with an AvR of 7.19. He can still contribute.

Brad Richards - C - DET
It’s surprising, but he hasn’t actually retired. He’s just hiding out in the Detroit retirement complex. Had a respectable 16 goals and 43 points playing middle-six minutes in Motown.

Martin Havlat - W - MTL
Was on of the Habs forwards enjoying an offensive bounce back. Had 16 goals and 30 points in 57 games. Could still find a role somewhere. Or retire. Probably that one.

Viktor Tikhonov - RW - CGY
Struggled to find a home, but has enough skill to catch on. Had 2 goals, 4 points in 6 games in a late season, Calgary audition. Could be depth somewhere.

Patrik Elias - F - NJD
Ran into a production wall on a depleted New Jersey squad. His output (9g, 29pts) was his lowest since 1996 but he still posted a respectable 7.08 AvR suggesting there may be a little gas left.

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Re: July 1st UFA Preview

Post by GigantorTheGoalie » Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:12 pm

Very well done. Lots of good depth around for teams. Just a matter of who will use it best.

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