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04-01-2014, 12:30 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Spring Hill, TN
Byrd, we all complained about Cullen not producing yet here he is producing with better linemates in Fisher and Hornqvist. You try and find guys that will work together and be able to produce together. It's about the sum of the parts as opposed to the individual pieces.
You mentioned Smith not producing this month. Could it coincide with Legwand leaving and they had decent chemistry? Jarnkrok, Smith and Bourque have looked good together in a small sample size yet don't have the results we'd like. Cullen, Fisher and Horny are doing well together as Horny and Cullen have come alive the last 10 games.
Stalberg is not an answer in any way shape or form for this team. Wilson was with him and MVG the other night. Does that give Wilson any talent to play with? It was like asking Forsberg to play with Fiddler to some extent when he was here.
You'll bash Wilson for lack of production as we bashed Legwand for lack of production for years. One big similarity was lack of PP time. Most top 6 forwards get ample amounts of time on the PP yet these two, who are counted on to produce only get even strength time. Legwand finally got PP time this year and his production was up. Wilson was given a chance when Legwand was traded yet is not on the PP after about 5 or so games of trying. Amazing how Spaling's numbers are higher because he's out there on the PP a bunch this year. If you want to get a guy going offensively, the PP is usually a good way to do it.
If you were the coach and you had these 4 forwards to play the second unit, who would you play. Jarnkrok, Smith, Spaling and Wilson?
Maybe Trotz sees these 4 and his first PP unit and goes in alphabetical order and Wilson is the odd guy out. Kidding of course but it's as logical as him not being out there too. To me it's like taking a screwdriver to try and nail something in to the wall. Eventually it'll go in but it takes longer and doesn't really ever get flush and hold.
And for heaven's sake, if we're really trying to go by the theory of our top 9 are going to be our offense, play the top 9 more, not the top 12. Give the 4th line PK time and a shift or two a period, other than that, Gaustad, Clune and Nystrom don't need to be on the ice. 6-8 minutes, give the rest of the minutes to the top 9. 17 minutes or so a night for each of them. More talent on the ice would probably result in better results.
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