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01-29-2013, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by FDBluth View Post
Powerplay sucks year after year because the personnel sucks year after year. Almost every other team in the league has at least a few skilled lefthanded and righthanded wingers in addition to a few playmakers and at least one or two defenseman that can reasonably quarterback a powerplay. The Penguins have Crosby and Malkin, who both play pretty much the same role in the powerplay and it just confuses things when they're both out there and Neal and that's pretty much it. Letang is terrible on the powerplay because his offensive instincts suck despite his great offensive skills, and there are no other wingers or defensemen that lack the skill or poise with the puck to make good players. Bennett, Despres and Niskanen may develop into good powerplay players, but they're not going to be solving our problems any time soon.
I agree but I think you need to add no net front presence on this team either or none that we're willing to put out on the first unit. Almost every other team has big player who has the strength and decent hands to screen the goalie and not get easily shoved out of the way when a rebound does occur. We are a perimeter team. The only player that seems good enough to get in and bang around and pot some goals in close is Crosby and we don't want him going in there getting smashed too often.

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