Acq/ Rost. Bldg./ Cap Part XVII
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01-29-2013, 09:43 AM
Join Date: Feb 2005
I wonder if Marcus wouldn't be more effective playing on a line where he's the most skilled guy on the line, rather than on a line with Ovie and Nick where he's going to defer to them. When he's with Ovie and Nick, he needs to be a puck retriever and a board battler, and those are obviously not his strengths - he can and should get better at those things, but they're not the assets that make him an NHL-level player.
I actually thought he played pretty well on a line with MP85 and Hendricks last week against Montreal, but they haven't played together since then.
Meanwhile, I'm sorta intrigued by the Ovie-Beagle-Crabb experiment. Ovie gets to free-lance, playing with 2 responsible 2-way players who will retrieve pucks, cycle, win board battles, and clean up his turnovers. Ovie doesn't have to worry about getting the other guys on his line involved, because it's obvious that the whole purpose of the line is geared to creating opportunities for Ovie.
Unfortunately, the opposing D probably gets that too.
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