: Larry Brooks:
If Drury returns, he could help Rangers on draws
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03-24-2011, 10:43 AM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New York City
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Who do you want him to play with though? He doesn't deserve a lot of playing time and we shouldn't break up any of our lines with chemistry for the sake of getting him out there for a face-off.... His potential impact in the face-off circle is greatly limited by his even strength play and lack of chemistry with other forwards.... If he was more serviceable at even strength it might make sense but right now that's not the case.... Prust/Boyle/Feds line and Dubi/AA/Callahan lines should not be altered and the other 2 lines are not that good defensively do I wouldn't expect them to be out there much during key game situations....
I'd utilize Drury as a pure faceoff specialist, similar to what the Canucks were doing with Malhotra. He doesn't even need to have a set line. Let him take all the defensive zone faceoffs on the PK. He's still good enough of a PK'er to merit shifts there. Let him take big D-zone faceoffs late in games and than just shift him out when the puck moves up ice.
There are nights where we get powerplays and can't even get set up because we repeatedly lose offensive zone draws and just waste 20-30 seconds trying to retrieve and get through the neutral zone. I'd even throw Drury out there in those situations.
I know it's an unpopular opinion around here but Zuccarello hasn't done much lately. He has to produce points to merit a roster spot because he brings nothing else. Christensen looked good for a couple of games but he might be sliding back into the doldrums. Wolski is a guy who's purpose is going to be greatly negated in the playoffs when the games are no longer decided in the shootouts. He needs to start putting up points.
Those are just some guys that I'd have no problem taking out of this roster come playoff time, provided they don't start scoring.
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