Thread: Speculation: Acq/ Rost. Bldg./ Cap Part XVII
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01-28-2013, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by tycoonheart View Post
Perhaps Oates is thinking to get Ovi playing like Ovi he needs to realize that he needs to carry his line and not really rely on anyone else. I know its a weird thinking but... hell, Ovi looked magnificent playing with Clarke and Zubrus.
Because Clark and Zubrus knew how to defer to him, create space and where to go to open up lanes for him. So did Kozlov. So did Knuble. They're utility players who know how to defer to star players while at the same time creating space for them, and having enough offensive skills to keep plays alive when they need to.

I'm all for linemates like that (Setoguchi, Zubrus, Kulemin, Fisher, Antropov, Weiss, Pavelski, Glencross, Purcell, Kunitz, Neal, Dupuis, Kennedy (note how many of them are Pens players) come to mind as those types), but Beagle ain't it. Closest we have to a Knuble or Kozlov on the roster right now is Ward or Brouwer (though Ward seems to be much better at recognizing where he has to be and what plays to make, Brouwer has a fairly limited hockey IQ), and closest we have to a C that knows how to defer to Ovechkin while still playing at a high level is Ribeiro. There's your line. Ovechkin Ribeiro Ward. The latter 2 already have chemistry. Then Wolski-Backstrom-Brouwer. Then Chimera-Johansson-Beagle. Wasn't that hard now was it?

The only good part about skating Ovechkin with Beagle and Crabb is that McPhee now has a convenient reason to fire him should Lavy become available.

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