Thread: Line Combos: Regular Season Lineups
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01-19-2013, 02:27 AM
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Originally Posted by SmellOfVictory View Post
The ones you listed? Tough call. I think they're all in a similar range, to be honest; they'll probably be around 25-30 points each this season. None of them is a particularly safe pick given past production, because Hudler was babied in Detroit and given amazing linemates
Yes, like when he scored 42 points in 81 games playing a total of 13:10 per game on a line with Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby.

Hudler has been a 25-30 point player once in his career; his rookie season, when he averaged 10:02 per game (8:30 ES, 1:30 PP)and scored 12-8-20 ES points and 3-2-5 PP. Last season he averaged 13:24 at ES and 2:14 at PP (most of it spent on the point on the second unit) and posted 23-17-40 ES and 2-8-10 PP.

As for "great linemates", yes Hudler played on a line with Zetterberg and Filppula last year. But in 2008-09, he played with Filppula and Mikael Samuelsson. The results then? Hudler scored 23-34-57 while Filppula scored 12-28-40 and Samuelsson scored 19-21-40. Apparently switching out Samuelsson for Zetterberg increases Hudler's goal output by two, but decreases his total points by seven?

Of course the following all also might be important: a) three-year difference between seasons that saw Filppula develop quite well individually, b) Hudler switched wings from the left to the right, c) in addition to his position on the line being different, Hudler's role was different. Instead of carrying the offense as he had done in 08-09, he was the "grit" guy who went down in the corners, mucked in front of the net, and dug out rebounds. It's very interesting to watch someone who's about 3 feet tall play that role and actually be effective...

As for the PP, Hudler is most effective when he's running the show from the low boards, preferably on the right side. He can handle other roles but that's where he'll be best utilized. He's capable of using the same fifteen stretch of ice to push defenders away simply by implying that he's going to pass or shoot, and can hold on to the puck for quite a while if necessary.

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