In part 2 of this 3 part series, I unveil the second defensive pairing, the third line, and the head coach
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. To be fair though, both of the defensemen on my “second pairing” were “top pairing” guys on their respective clubs this season. However, neither came into the season with top pairing expectations.
My lineup isn’t a perfect “third line winger listed on the third line” kind of thing. At the end of the day, it is still an All-Star team… just a different take on one.
Here are the past five Prime Cuts rosters:
2007-08 Prime Cuts
2008-09 Prime Cuts
2009-10 Prime Cuts
2010-11 Prime Cuts