Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Nyquist called up.
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10-31-2011, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by SwedenCanada View Post
That's like saying "The Sedin's shouldn't play together their play styles are too similar".

2 players alike is often working pretty good, they can read eachother well make great plays. Atleast give it a try even though they're alike.
The Sedins aren't similar though. Henrik is a pure playmaker who has mediocre shooting skills. Daniel is a top-end sniper who is also a very good passer. They have also played together since forever.

Playing two players with their skill sets together makes perfect sense; it's not a Juneau/Oates type situation where you have two great passers on a line together; Oates posted 77 goals (45 and 32) in the two seasons he played with Juneau. He played 147 games with Juneau on his left side. Only once (25 goals in 61 games in 1990-91) did he hit 25 goals, and he was arguably the best center in the league that year playing with Brett Hull on his wing. He only scored 20 three other times in his entire career. 341 goals in over 1300 games. Over 1000 assists though.

Nyquist should be played on a line with Zetterberg and Franzen to start. Not because they're Swedes (although that's fun) but because he provides an element of speed and explosiveness to the line similar to what Cleary did when he had that spot. Hudler and Filppula both work extremely well with Datsyuk, and we've all been aching to see more skill players and less "sluggish filler" as some have descibed Holmstrom and Bertuzzi. Flip and Huds flanking Dats would be an excellent puck control line, and could turn out VERY well.
That leaves a bottom six which includes some amalgam of Helm, Cleary, Abdelkader, Bertuzzi, Holmstrom, Eaves, Emmerton, and Miller. I like to put it together as follows:


I've wanted to see that third line put together all season. Especially given that Cleary hasn't been scoring; put him in a defensive role and take the scoring burden off of him.

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