We have a checking center, but no checking line
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09-26-2003, 06:44 PM
Join Date: May 2002
Location: New Orleans
I dont have a problem with using Lundmark with Holik just because they play different styles. These two have proven time and time again that they have chemistry together, and sometimes we should just accept that and not worry about anything else. Let me remind you that Holik spent much of his last few years in Jersey playing with Gomez, who is by no means a defensive forward, and was still able to take care of the checking duties. I really think Lundmark can take on a similar role. He can give the line a speedy offensive threat, and I dont think he'll be a liability defensively. People too often assume that just because a player is young, he doesnt know how to play defense. I think defensive skills are more a matter of god-given instincts and effort than something that is taught. And from what I've seen out of Lundy so far, he seems to be responsible defensively.
The only positive in using Simon on Holik's line is that he's actually pretty good at using his size in the trenches and digging out pucks. But I shudder to even think about the number of penalties he'll take if he's asked to play against top lines. I've seen him play sporadically over the last few years, and I honestly think he's one of the worst defensive players in the league. Not somebody I'd be comfortable sending out against the Thorntons, Sundins, and Roenicks of the world.
Barnaby may not be the perfect defensive specialist to play with Holik, but you know what, he's far more deserving of a job than Simon. All he's done is play his heart out every single night for us. He's feisty, he's tough, he's good down low, he'll drop the gloves, he's even improved alot with the puck. I know some of you may find this ridiculous, but Barnaby was one of our better setup men last season.
And he has stated that he's most comfortable playing with Holik. I dont see any better options.
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