2006-2007 Ranger Lines, Include PP and PK
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08-02-2006, 04:08 PM
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Im not stupid, I knew perfectly well before making my post that Hall is not as offensively equipped as Prucha. But it's Hall's other attributes, the way he crashes the net and creates havoc in front, that can create for Shanahan, who thrives off chaos in front with alot of garbage goals, and Cullen, who with room is lethal.
I did not call you stupid. However, you cannot look at those numbers and deny them. You do not replace a 30 goal scorer with a 14 goal scorer. Especiall when only 4 came at even strenght. That would be like the Devils replacing Gionta with Grant Marshall. And for the same reasons.
No I dont think it is a new hidden way to win, but I think it is the optimal thing to do in the Rangers' situation.
If it is so optimal, then there must have been just one example of one team that it would have been optimal for as well. The fact that you cannot come up with another team to do such an action speaks volumes if it's validity.
Of course Pruchs can play out of position, but why do it when you have a capable power forward, and Prucha can do good on a line w/ Immo and Ward (IMO he can).
The point is not whether or not he can, but rather just how wise it is to do so. Again, if it is so wise, then why don't more teams (or actually ANY teams) do it?
Because those players are not third on the depth chart in their respective positions.
But they are amongst their respective teams leaders in scoring. His wing position does not change that.
Of course this would have to work if Renney plays the third line more than usual.
There are no NHL teams that play their 3rd line more at ES than their top-2 lines. The top line gets the most ES minutes, the 2nd line gets the 2nd most, etc.
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