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09-16-2010, 05:45 PM
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I'm going to assume it means that you expect Parse to not get his shot at the 2nd line LW and that Williams should be on the 3rd line and Simmonds on the 1st.
If this is what you mean, then I have to disagree. While I love the thought of Simmonds on the 1st line, and think he could be very effective there, he is also EXTREMELY effective on the 3rd line. In fact, his presence there is half the reason we have one of the best third lines in the game. Williams, I feel, would not be effective at all in a checking role. With Simmonds with Kopi and Willy with Zus, we have a very good 1st line and a decent to good third line. With Willy on the first and Simmonds with Zus, we have a very good 1st line (potentially great if they catch fire again) and one of the best 3rd lines. That would be my preference, as much as I personally like Simmonds. Its about more than the one player.
As for the 2nd line LW spot, I think Parse will get it, but I doubt he maintains it as his intensity level has never stayed consistent game to game. The other options are Moller or Richardson, both who could fill in very well there. Its kind of a toss up, so again, I'm not sure where your rationale (assuming it is your rationale in the first place), sees one player over another making a world of difference.
I actually disagree on Justin Williams failing in a checking role.. It is probably time for Willy (and I actually am still pulling for Justn) to accept and embrace the role of a 3rd line energy guy. A combination of Richardson-Handzus-Williams will still be effective.
However, I think what JT is getting at, and I feel the same way.. Is that we have players in the system that are better than the players that will ultimately get jobs with the big squad.. Moller, Loktionov, Clifford, Hickey, Muzzin, Voynov, etc etc. are better options than Drewiske, Harrold, Parse, Clune, Westgarth, Lewis..
But again.. Its yet to be seen. I just wanna finally effin see.. Give these guys a shot. Nicklas Lidstrom at one point in his career was "un proven." How are you supposed to become proven without a chance to prove yourself?
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