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10-18-2009, 05:04 PM
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The thing with Williams is that, like Kopitar, he's a finesse player. He makes plays through the middle of the ice and, despite what some believe, has always been an excellent stickhandler and shooter. He's not a grinder. Ryan Smyth is the only player in our top six who you could correctly label a "grinder."

Has anyone ever thought, really thought, about why in the world Smyth waived his NTC to come here? Has anyone noticed how many times Smyth has gone out of his way to point out how set he is in his game and how much he doesn't want to change it? I would very much tend to think that Smyth KNEW TM was a dump and chase grinder of a coach, and he wouldn't make Smyth change his game at all.

Solution

Split up Kopitar and Smyth.

Blasphemy you say? NAY.

Frolov-Kopitar-Williams is a puck protection, finesse line who can make passes, plays, and penetrate the zone with size and speed.

Smyth-Stoll-Brown is a grinding, forechecking, inglourious basterds line that can wear the opposition down, cycle the puck like mad men, and score the dirty goals.

Mixing and matching these six players seems counter productive to me. Put the same players on the same lines and you'll get the same production more consistently - not one game where your top line looks like Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin, and another game where they look like Larry-Curly-Moe.

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