Should Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole line be broken up for scoring depth?
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11-11-2012, 11:45 PM
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I agree with your analysis, however, if:
- Put our two best offensive wingers with Desharnais
- Put our two offensive wingers who provide the most size with Desharnais
- Gives 3 minutes of power play time a game to the Desharnais line
- Give the most offensive zone starts to the Desharnais line
- Give the dzone and center zone starts against weaker opposition to the Desharnais line
Which is what this thread is about, that's the question of this thread, should we repeat that same experiment as last year as described in the five points above?
Then it logically follows we'll have Plekanec and Eller in shutdown roles with limited offensive opportunities.
Overall I agree with you. I don't think the opportunity cost of the Pac-DD-Cole line is worth it. For it to be worth it, Desharnais would need to be an ~100 point center like other centers who get the same privileges (e.g. Henrik Sedin, Evgeni Malkin), not a 60 point center. A first line of Pac-DD-Cole necessitates a second line of Prust-Plekanec-Moen or something like that, which leads to 28th place.
I agree with you, but I think that large swaths of the board believe that Desharnais has superior offensive abilities.
To be fair, Cole-DD-Pac played together something like 50 games last season.
Cole-DD-Pac will remain together. At least to begin an eventual season. Breaking them up BEFORE the beginning of the season makes no sense whatsoever.
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