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07-05-2012, 04:03 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by LyricalLyricist View Post
Then we don't disagree. Given the option of Subban or weber you go with who you see as more offensively gifted. As do I with desharnais.

As for the defensive situation, I don't disagree. Subban isn't a true PP QB. Maybe with Markov/kaberle he'll put up more points but seems like he doesn't have the same vision those two have. Subban's speed and shot are huge parts of his offensive game and when he's stationary and/or passing in the offensive zone, he's less dynamic.
Desharnais absolutely should be on the powerplay. I totally agree with that. Maybe not first unit because Plekanec is very good there as well but its a situation to which his skill set is well suited.

I think a problem with the PP earlier on in the year was that he didn't have the experience necessary to break down an opposing 1st unit penalty kill though. Habs playmaking all-round was pretty poor for the wealth of PP talent they had in the roster, which was where the lack of a QB was a factor. Special teams are usually a veteran's game.

However on even strength you can't just look at offense. Its a two way game. I thought the sacred cow line was a mis-allocations of resources becasue it meant only one unit was winning their matchup consistantly. It was different to start the year when MTL had a three line offense so they could afford two strong wingers against third comps. But for the second half we had one line inflate their scoring totals while the rest of the team died.

The only way it could have worked was if that line had far less goals against, which goes back to the point that DD's defensive/possession game on evens is weak compared to his offensive talents. Which is also a reason to doubt if he was a full-fledged all round top six center last season rather than an offensive zone specialist with a pair of 1st line wingers.

Hopefully he'll adapt to the NHL and improve on that though. He's a smart player and defense doesn't come naturally to a lot of offensively minded rookies. He got much better in that regard as the year went on, he didn't get pinned in his own zone as often at the end of the year as he did at the beginning.

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