After half a day of toiling over perfect matchups, I've dominated the Salary Cap Challenge. The link to Capgeek is here, and the lineup is also posted below, with players' current team and draft (year-round) next to their name. Feel free to correct me if you see any inaccuracies or dublicates.
Eriksson (DAL, 03-2) - Giroux (PHI, 06-1) - Couture (SJS, 07-1)
Horton (BOS, 03-1) - Datsyuk (DET, 98-6) - Plekanec (MTL, 01-3)
Saad (CHI, 11-2) - Nugent-Hopkins (EDM, 11-1) - Skinner (CAR, 10-1)
Higgins (VAN, 02-1) - Goc (FLA, 01-1) - Nielsen (NYI, 02-3)
Regin (OTT, 04-3), K. Wilson (NSH, 04-9)
Pietrangelo (STL, 08-1) - M.Staal (05-1)
Letang (PIT, 05-3) - Hedman (TBL, 09-1)
Gunnarsson (TOR, 07-7) - Vonyov (LAK, 08-2)
T. Barrie (COL, 09-3)
Hiller (ANH, Undrafted)
Neuvirth (WSH, 06-2)
Payroll: $57,107,500. Cap Space: $591,668
I'm running two first lines, a kid line, and a checking line that will rarely hit the ice, but will still dominate play when it does. Marcel Goc saw the Panthers' toughest competition, just 38% O-Zone start, and led the team with 9.2 Corsi Rel. Saad is the only part of the roster I hesitated on, but I needed someone on an ELC who wasn't drafted in the first round of 10 or 11, and wasn't from a team I had already picked. The kid's got promise, anyways, so I don't hate him being there.
On defense, I've got three players whose names were in the Norris discussion this year (Pietrangelo, Staal, Letang) and one whose name definitely should've been (Gunnarson, duh). Hedman is currently a serviceable - if not good - second pairing D-man, and if you're not sure why I took Slava Voynov from LA instead of one of their many choice forwards, you can check out this article over at CoppernBlue.
While some might say Hiller's down year makes him a dangerous pick, his monthly splits have him at a .921 since January. Given that he won't be a UFA at the end of next year (Jonathan Quick) and he didn't take up a draft slot, I'm okay with having him there.
When it comes up for re-signing, Plekanec and then Datsyuk are on the block, with Skinner and RNH moving into their spots, and the trade return making up the new Kid line. Sustainable? Check. Threat to win the Cup? Check. Ottawa player relegated to a healthy scratch? Check.