12'-13' Draft Thread: Drouin & Monahan are LR's pick, what are yours?
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11-16-2012, 10:36 AM
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I've been saying this for a while now. In theory it seems like an awesome combo. In theory though.
It was just one game, so too small a sample size to come to any conclusions but Rielly and Pulock were paired together the entire game against the Russians in yesterdays Super Series game. While Rielly looked like the best player on the ice, Pulock looked tentative and out of place, perhaps because he's used to performing Rielly's role on his own team (i.e. carrying the puck up and creating offence). He had quite a few giveaways in his own zone, especially behind the net, and was invisible for the most part except when he was releasing his wicked shot from the point (and it is an exceptional shot).
Rielly and Pulock's chemistry was not great in this one game, but I hope they get another chance at it in the next one. They looked good when Rielly was feeding Pulock for one-timers from the point, but I think Rielly dominates the puck so much that Pulock did not really have the opportunity to showcase his skills.
Rielly is probably better off being paired up with a very good defensive defenceman who happens to have a wicked shot from the point, but doesn't need the puck to be effective.
I think Pulock and Rielly would be terrific together, there was once a tandem Calgary had names Macinnis and Suter, they won 1 cup together. Probably would have been a few more had not been a team named the Oilers were around.
For whatever reason Rielly wasn't as effective last night as he was with Pulock the night before. Coincidence or not, I think these 2 could be very effective together. Ryan is effectively still one draft year younger than Morgan it showed at times, but I see a lot of upside as he continues to develop. Would be cool given the background of his personal story.
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