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01-08-2007, 06:01 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Ryan is perfectly fine in a 4th line role, points or no points. There simply isn't anyone else who brings a physical game even remotely similar on this team.
Where it gets dicey is when he's given 3rd line ice-time by Renney. It's hard to be successful when a guy getting 10 min. produces 0 points. As Edge pointed out, Hollweg hasn't put up points at AHL level either. That would lead me to believe linemates are not the issue. He actually got some shifts with Jagr earlier in the season and spent the whole game in Tampa recently playing LW with Cullen and Shanahan. Still nothing. By comparison, Hossa got 2 assists playing a few shifts with Jagr in the Jersey comeback game. You can write that off as luck, but one would figure Hollweg was due a puck bouncing off him or something.
I think he's an energy 4th liner for the rest of this year. We may hope for some sort of offense down the line, but that's unlikely based on his showing so far as a pro. Most guys who put up points in Juniors don't do it in the NHL. Hollweg's lack of offense isn't at all unusual.
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