Personally, I hope NJ chooses Hughes so that the Rangers could have Kakko, because I think Kakko has the higher ceiling and who likes New Jersey anyways hahah
Truer words have never been spoken.
I'm from New Jersey, and I can tell you, most New Jerseyans prefer other teams like the Rangers.
I will say this though, the Devils organization has been great with youth hockey in the state. They started sponsoring the state high school hockey tournament back when I was in school in the late 90's.
You hit the nail on the head. A Checking line wants to be Physical and have high Spirit; Defense and Endurance help too.
Grinders are good candidates for a Checking line, and you can always change a Player's Role from the Action drop down menu on the Team page. Personally, I only change a player's role if they are equal to or greater than another category (e.g. a player has a full green bar in both TwoWay and Grinder). This may be tough at the LIHL level though.