: Line Combos:
What are the lines going to be next year?
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08-29-2010, 02:53 PM
Join Date: Apr 2009
Originally Posted by
Claude Giroux - Mike Richards - Ville Leino
James van Riemsdyk - Jeff Carter - Daniel Carcillo
Scott Hartnell - Daniel Brière - Nikolai Zherdev
Darroll Powe - Blair Betts - Ian Laperrière
Chris Pronger - Matt Carle
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Sean O'Donnell - Andrei Meszaros
were the last lines I came up with when I tinkered with this instead of focusing on more important things...
I'm hoping that Leino and Briere would stay together and have the same chemistry they had in the postseason with Hartnell... That said, what is hot at one point gets cold at others. The intensity of the playoffs may have allowed them to knock it up a notch... but I would be happy with mere mortal stats from them over the course of a season, and I would expect up and down stretches.
A concern I would have with Zherdev in place of Leino is the defensive side of the line... Danny is not a natural two-way player and on a day in, day out basis I don't expect him to be able to tend to the offense if he has to worry about covering for a winger. I'd rather he have wingers on both sides who play good defense... His wingers have to be responsible in their own end, IMO; I don't buy into Zherdev's claim to have seen the light on the D-side... not yet anyway, I'd have to see him play in Lavvy's fast paced system before I'm sold. That is why I like the idea of Richards covering for him.
The reason I have Giroux with Carter rather than Carcillo is because I believe he could set up Carter better... and Carcillo had decent chemistry with Richiel. I like JvR with Carter and Giroux... I see a lot of goals coming from them.
To be honest, I like the top nine... if CarBomb can keep it together and Zherdev pans out... and like the bottom three if Betts is there, as long as Powe plays instead of Shelly... but, as I said, I think that the depth is crap and a long term injury screws up the entire team. I'd rather carry another veteran forward and have Bartulis play with the Phantoms. Seven veteran D-men is plenty... and I'm not thrilled with the forward call-ups and Shelley taking up a roster spot. I was hoping that with Cote gone they could improve their depth much more than they have... but with Asham gone, they are weaker, IMO. And with Gagne gone they lost the two way player who can play in every situation... Zherdev cannot replace Gagne no matter how many goals he scores as I see it.
I'm getting pumped up for the start of Camp... I just hope Homer hasn't finished tinkering quite yet.
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