Welcome back! It's been a hot minute since we've seen the Scott Palguta Memorial Depth Meter over here, but with a new season and nearly half the team removed and replaced from last season, I think it's time we brought back our old standard.
For the uninitiated, the Palguta depth meter measures just how close we are to seeing below replacement-level players like Scott Palguta hit the field as a starter. One Palguta head is ideal, as it means there's plenty of depth to spare. Four heads means that we have hit peak Palguta, watch out!
Hey, this... doesn't look bad at all. Actually, the defensive depth on the team, especially considering they were the worst team defensively in the league last year, looks pretty damn good right now. Axel Sjoberg is making a case to be an every-week starter for the team already, which means the team is easily four-deep at CB even without taking into account the improvement we'll likely see from Jared Watts should he ever see the field. Outside back might be a touch thinner than we'd like, but there are still at least four decent options, enough to keep any worries at bay.
PALGUTA LEVEL: 1
The midfield of this team is absolutely bonkers. Seriously, there's a ton of depth in every position right now, to the point where Marcelo Sarvas didn't start last match and nobody was even the slightest bit concerned. That's good depth, right there.
PALGUTA LEVEL: 1
Here's the big issue with the team. Deshorn Brown is gone, which means that technically there are only three forwards remaining on the Rapids roster. Gabriel Torres and Vicente Sanchez are both good players, but both are more at home outside the center forward role, which really only leaves our fourth round draft pick. Dominique Badji needs a lot of work to turn into a guy who will be banging in goals, I know we're getting Kevin Doyle this summer (the only reason why this isn't a 4) but I don't know if the Rapids are going to be able to make it that long with Badji as the center forward every match.
PALGUTA LEVEL: 3