Rumor/Speculation Brock Trotter signed with habs
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06-12-2011, 02:04 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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Ideally, you want fill up your bottom 6 with players who first and foremost understand their role on the team. Ryan White is a perfect example. So is Moen and Darche. Pyatt does too, but i'm pretty sure we can find better than him. You want guys who can put the puck in the net, but understand that their primary role is to check the opposing team hard and put in as many quality shifts as possible. If Trotter is like everyone says, well then he doesn't really fit into that category, and i'd argue neither does Pouliot. But if one of them has a training camp where they display those kind of traits, i don't see why either them don't stand a shot.
Everyone on the Habs bottom six had a role last year.
-Pyatt and Moen were PK wingers and defensive specialists
-Halpern was a PK and defensive specialist center and face off ace
-Desharnais and Pouliot were the tertiary scoring to exploit other teams goon and energy lines.
-Darche played a bottom-six power forward role.
-Eller was a two-way talent that anchored whatever line he was on but was not ready for top-6 responsibilities.
-White was an energy and checking role with middleweight fighting ability.
Typically the lines were set up as:
3rd line: Tertiary match up line, emphasis on defense
4th line: Counter-goon line to score against the terrible players that make up other teams goon and energy role 4th lines.
This is why the Habs aren't going to build the goon-energy 4th line that so many people seem to want. They have it too good with the teritiary scoring talent generating offense while facing those guys. Building a energy line is declining the advantage their depth of talent offers on the alter of lame conventional thinking.
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