Gates Imbeau and Steve Laidlaw bring back the Prime Cuts Team.
Gates Imbeau and Steve Laidlaw were tasked with keeping Jeff Angus' Prime Cuts team alive. Below is Part Two of the transcript of the decision-making process. Check out Part One here. Also, check out last year's team here.
The team so far:
Benn – Crosby – Kessel
Marleau – Dubinsky – Simmonds
Marchand – Vermette – Zuccarello
Laidlaw: So Gates, who do you have on the fourth line?
Gates: Perhaps the most obvious choice, Nick Bonino. This Duck finished only a sliver away from 50 points and also sported a stat line that consisted of 20 power-play points, 65-plus blocked shots and 575-plus faceoff wins. Basically, there was none better from a fourth line pivot this season.
Flanking Bonino are a couple of Stars. On the left, I have Antoine Roussel and on the right, Ryan Garbutt. These are the hidden gems we look for in Fantasy hockey. The pair put up a combined 61 points this season, which is gravy to poolies in rotisserie formats. Not only did both end up netting a triple-triple (digits) in SOG, PIMs and Hits, they also blocked 45 shots each. From a fourth line forward, you cannot ask for much depth than that. Fantasy aside, these two are gritty, feisty and fit the role of an energy player to the tee.
Shiiiiiiiit… You really knocked it out of the park on the fourth line. Bonino is a no-brainer. If you can stash a dynamic playmaker like that on your fourth line you know you have a deep roster. The Ducks power play doesn't function very well but when it does it's because of Bonino, which is saying something considering the talent on that team.
As much as I want to disagree with you for the sake of argument, this is the exact line I had.
Fine looking group of forwards we have here. Care to take the first go at the top pairing?
My top pair is quite simple: Duncan Keith and Erik Karlsson. There is no other answer.
If you want offensive output, Karlsson and Keith are your go to guys – especially Karlsson notching 70-plus points. I have no issues running with that line up.
Though, if I were to make a Fantasy/rotisserie influenced change, I would swap out Keith f