Thread: Post-Game Talk: Rangers @ Blues: Better?
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10-13-2013, 04:58 AM
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Originally Posted by smoneil View Post
True, but that is the ONE thing that, to me, can be pinned on the guys we have out injured. Pouliot, Brassard and MZA looked great against LA--when we still had Nash. When Nash and Hagelin are back, guys like Pouliot and MZA will be knocked down the lines a bit. Right now, they are being shuffled between the 1st and 2nd lines. They are better suited to be shuffling between the 2nd and (more likely) 3rd lines. When we get healthy, they will be where they are best suited, and I think they will be able to take advantage of the easier match-ups they will find there. If we get healthy and they are still pulling the vanishing act, we are fortunate enough to have a farm full of guys just itching to get their chance. If guys like Kristo, Kreider and Miller look ready, the Pouliots and MZAs of the world won't really stand in their way. I guess I don't get too worked up over those guys because I see them (and Pyatt and D.Moore and Boyle) as little more than place-holders for the kids on the farm.
My point was just that having scoring depth means we have players that are capable of stepping up when players are injured or just plain not getting it done/playing well. If they aren't able to contribute offensively when called upon they amount to nothing more than placeholders, like you said. My idea of depth is having people who can put up points when for whatever reason your top guys are not, it's not just having warm bodies to move around.

If we plan on being a contender we need to start making sure we actually have the depth needed for these situations/occasions instead of just hoping that we do only to find out we really don't. This franchise has a history of putting people in positions and roles they either aren't ready for or have no track record of being successful in.

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