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04-03-2012, 03:55 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Middle Tennessee
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SOME guys have to worry about being scratched. Not everyone. It took a long time to healthy scratch Tootoo...and he's had quite a few questionable plays (mainly with the puck, rather than penalty-wise) to warrant that.
Guys who have to worry about being scratched nightly:
-Matt Halischuk (for some strange reason)
Mostly rookies and borderline NHLers. I didn't include Wilson, because there is still some question if he has truly been a healthy scratch for all of these recent games. I think there are only a handful of players Trotz will play if they aren't close to 100%. Bouillon is usually a starter, but he's usually the first to go if Trotz wants to use Ellis or Hillen.
Guys who might be scratched if they make dumb penalties, their production tails off, or they lose focus:
*Considering Bourque has been a regular fixture since the addition of Gaustad, Kostitsyn, and Radulov, I'd say it's safe to say he has earned a spot in the lineup at this point.
Guys that won't be scratched if they are 100% healthy:
I think Wilson and Smith are very different cases. While they might be the same age...Wilson has a season and a half of NHL experience on Smith. I think Smith is just having the typical struggles a rookie has. He just happens to be having them towards the end of the season rather than the beginning.
Wilson has a bit less of an excuse, but I agree it's not helping him to be riding the pine. It just happens that this is a time of year where we have to be focused on winning, not player development.
As of right now, I would make the argument that the team is better with Bourque and Halischuk over the more talented Wilson and Smith. Smith will be fine...but he'll probably not see a whole lot of ice time until next October. Wilson....could be back at any time...but I do wonder if he'll become trade bait in the off season.
No way toots should be playing over Smith and Wilson though. I think if anyone can get a hot stick and become a factor in a lower line it is Smith. Look at the points he has and then count up the points he could have if everytime he hit the post this year was a goal. With that and more playing time he would probably be leading the team in points. If he can get that shot 1% more accurate i believe he could be a huge factor in the playoffs.
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