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2013 Line Combos Thread II
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02-23-2013, 10:40 AM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: The Twin Cities
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I disagree. IMO Heatley is a big part of the problem. His floating around not scoring is not helping the team. The 1st Line needs someone who is willing and able to do their fair share of the dirty work, the tough stuff. Right now its all Mikko and Parise, and if Parise or Mikko gets hurt this team will probably nosedive.
As evidenced by Coyle getting NO points in the 3 or so games he played with the top line...no one we have in the AHL or on the Big club can do a better job than Heatley. Heatley is nowhere near what he once was, but he still plays his role decently well.
What you don't understand is that having 3 guys down low battling for pucks is not cohesive to scoring goals. First, if you get beat then the other team is going 3-2 or 4-2 down the ice. 2) Someone needs to float high/stay in front of the net/draw defenders/take up space in front of the net to open up spacing and also if you have all 3 guys cycling no one will be in front of the net too shoot. Unless you want to play a strictly perimeter game.
Heatley is not the problem. He may not be as good of a player as you want him too be, but he is not the reason the team isn't scoring.
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