Again I want to turn my attention to a great post over on Light the Lamp about LOFT or Lack of Flippin' Talent, although LTL pronounces it a little bit differently. To recreate their Tier system:
Tier Type of Player Pts
I Generational 5
II Elite 4
III All Star 3
IV Star 2
V Above Average 1
The total points of the CBJ core is about 6 while for the Redwings it is about 16. Until we get our Tier scoring above 10, we simply don't have the talent to compete in the NHL.
In our 'Demolition Experts' post we looked at Defensemen who might seriously move our LOFT ranking. No shocks in that list of free agents. But we need at least two of them to radically change our cumulative LOFT rating. Forwards are not so easy.
So I propose that the only thing that really matters to the CBJ is goals. You can accumulate a bunch of points, i.e. Juice, but what this team needs is the biscuit in the basket. So I propose:
Generational = Crosby
Elite = 35+ goals
All Star = on the all star team
Star = 25 + goals
Above Average = 20 goals.
Audience participation time. What do you think of these rankings? Once I get some feedback, I'll go through the free agent forwards.