Thread: Helene St. James Tough Sledding
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03-19-2013, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Winger98 View Post
That line was ugly, but I think those two got a disproportionate amount of flak at a time when most of the team was imploding. No one called out Z's line for not producing. the blueline wasn't generating offense. The powerplay wasn't generating offense. And we were playing each of our bottom lines like 10 minutes a night.

With Abby, though, it's a new role for him at a time where we didn't have a lot of wiggle room for learning on the job. He's not my ideal guy for that spot, and I'd much rather have Gus or Tatar next to D and Franzen, but that doesn't appear too likely to happen. We may as well give Gator some time there with a better team around him and see what happens. Guys like Homer and Lapointe weren't great at that sort of job when they started either. Maybe Abdelkader grows into it.

with Cleary, I think he's just done being a top6 player. To be successful, he's had to force his body to do things that it really just wasn't built to do - play a big body game in the NHL. If we can bump him down now to ~13 minutes a night on the third line, I think he can be an asset. The days of playing 17 minutes a night in every situation and grinding out goals are just over. He doesn't have it physically in him any more.
I agree. I think people weren't calling attention to Z's line or defense because we KNOW Datsyuk is capable of making half-competent players look like gifted goal scorers. But even he can't make both Abby and Cleary into top6 wingers simultaneously. Anyway, hopefully with some guys coming back from injury the team has more balanced lines for the rest of the year. I really didn't see the harm in Tatar getting top 6 minutes, but so be it, I have no control over it. Babs disagrees with it, so it isn't happening.

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