What to do with Ales Hemsky?
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04-11-2012, 09:52 AM
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Edmonton, AB
NHL positions and lines are a lot more fluid than is acknowledged in these hypothetical discussions.
It's not really the "lines" that are the issue. A team could, theoretically, roll 3 relatively equal Even Strength lines, provided they can afford the talent required to do that. There's nothing about adding Yakupov to the team that necessarily cuts into Hemsky's 15 minutes per game at ES, especially since Hemsky has often drawn "tough minute" assignments over the past few seasons. Hemsky, Eberle, Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins, Gagner, Hall, can all easily play "top line" minutes even if they don't play them with each other every shift, with plenty of room left over to use Horcoff, Smyth, Paajarvi and others effectively and amply.
It's those 5-6 minutes per game of Power Play time that you have to worry about juggling, especially on this team, because someone has got to take and win those face-offs, and you have to put at least one blueliner on the point for each unit. But that's still manageable, provided you *want* Hemsky on your Power Play, or at least substantially on it.
If you don't, you have to find him a new home.
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