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Have Kings Found Magic Blueline Tandem?
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09-21-2010, 10:10 PM
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I think Johnson and Scuderi can work, I've been there for every day of camp except when LeBrun came (yesterday) and I've liked the way they have looked together and taken to one another.
The whole stay-at-home vs mobile partnership will be more important than ever this year and that dynamic is at play there. Johnson also seems tough to play against in the early going, I think he has been picking up that part of his game and picking up some of Scuderi's intensity one-on-one.
I like both those pairings and Greener, as others have said, to anchor a third pairing when he gets back. Drewiskie looks great physically, he and Clune are the two guys whose bodies have impressed me most along with Mitchell, whose physique is as solid as ever.
I like that top four mix and then Johnson/Doughty on the power-play points.
Reading the article, hmmm, a bit of hyperbole by LeBrun about Mitchell vs Kovalchuk but because they sort of snuck the signing of Willie in it has been overlooked. The terms were also great, we saw a conservative approach that should ensure Doughty, Johnson and Simmonds stay with the team and that missing piece can still get picked up but of course nothing is concrete.
Real story vis-a-vis Kovalchuk is if the Kings can ramp up their scoring with a series of micro/macro adjustments. Putting all their top shooters/scorers on one line early on. Pushing the defense into the play more. Having Williams healthy. Getting a little more scoring out of Brown, Stoll and Simmonds, one guy on each line, etc.
Also let's not forget they are in brilliant position to rent guys at the deadline with both cap space and prospects available.
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