Angus’ 2013 Prime Cuts (Part 1 of 3)

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2013-04-22

 

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In part 1 of this 3 part series, I unveil the backup goaltender, bottom defensive pairing, and fourth line.

 

Welcome to the sixth edition of my end-of-season Prime Cuts roster. To make this team, a player must have made a significant contribution to his respective NHL team in 2013 (especially relative to expectations). I want to reward players who came out of nowhere to produce, but at the same time I also want to recognize stellar performances from elite talents. 

 

I used advanced stats, regular stats, and the "eye test" (watching games) when forming my analysis and opinions on the below players. I didn't adhere to a salary cap, but I did my best to fit players into the proper role. You won't find Erik Karlsson on the third defensive pairing, and you won't find John Tavares centering line four. 

 

Here are the previous five Prime Cuts rosters:

 

 

I (tried to) remove my own biases (players I like and dislike) when putting this team together, and the selections are 100% subjective. You may disagree on a player or two, but I hope my explanations provide enough reasoning for the "why" behind each pick.

 

I'm going to break down the roster into three parts – today is Part 1, which looks at the backup goaltender, the bottom pairing on defense, and the fourth line.

 

The Backup Goalie:


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Ray Emery

 

The best thing a backup can do is to give the team in front of him a chance to win most of the games he starts. Emery has done that – and much more – for the Blackhawks this season. It is amazing how he has been able to thrive after coming back from a very experimental and risky hip operation a few years ago (Emery had the same degenerative hip condition that forced Bo Jackson into retirement).

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