Our Top 6
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12-01-2013, 02:04 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Our Top 6
So the Couturier line is looking fantastic, but our top 6 has been embarrassing at even strength. This has been going on since the start of last season.
What needs to be done to fix it? Originally people blamed our breakout and lack of puck movers on the backend, but that's been addressed for the most part and the even strength production is still pathetic. They can't establish any kind of sustained offensive zone pressure.
Giroux could use a sniper. Not sure what else to say about him, teams are taking his space away. Sitting at 5.6% shooting percentage still.
Hartnell is god awful and doesn't look like he should be anywhere near the top 2 lines. Can't take or make passes and he isn't doing well in the board battles and one-on-ones.
Voracek seems to have fallen off a cliff this season, although he still looks dangerous on the PP. Makes a ton of blind passes.
Schenn was good when he was scoring, but otherwise he's invisible. I'd like to see him on Giroux's wing, but Hartnell and Simmonds on one line could kill it.
Vinny doesn't seem to be able to do much with his linemates, maybe moving Voracek here so he could set up that bomb of a shot Vinny has could work out well.
Simmonds.. I don't think he's a top 6 kind of player. He's great on the PP in front of the net, but otherwise all he does at even strength is forecheck, and even that's not consistent game to game. So many turnovers.
One line will get hot for a couple games, but there's absolutely no consistency and long stretches of nothing. So what do you guys think needs changing, if anything?
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