Correct me if I'm wrong (and I'm sure you will) but doesn't O'Byrne have a decent shot... also from what I saw last year he like the stretch pass like Streit. Maybe not for the first unit but
A Kost- Pleks - Kovalev
Markov- S Kost
Higgins-- Koivu-- Tanguay
I absolutely agree with you. O'byrne does have a "little" offense in him. And he has a good accurate shot. I wonder if is offensive passing abilities and creativity are good enough to get him on the PP but, we will have to find out.
Don't forget that O'Byrne is pretty mobile for his size, and fast too! The only problem in my mind might be the fact that he is right handed... I would put him in a purely shooting role and for that, we would need a right handed passer too
Edit : By the way, there is no fricking way in hell Markov moves on the right side for the PP. The guy is one of the best passing PP QB of the NHL... Why the **** would we want him to be our shooter?
O'Byrne does have some offensive ideas out there, look no further than his pass to Lapierre before the goal to make it 5-4 against the Rags. I'm not about to put him out on the powerplay though.
Yeah I'm with you on that one to an extent. I would definitely try A and S Kost on the point before, or some other combos before O'Byrne. But in my mind, if Brisebois doesn't resign, Ryan is the next NHL ready defensemen on the PP depth list after Markov and Hamrlik (baring some surprises in training camp or trades) I can't stand Bouillon on the power play...
We are weak 5 on 5 and we can't be relying on powerplays to win hockey games for us.
weak? We were 13th and only .03 off of 8th. We were not weak 5 on 5, that was in fact one of our many strengths. All good teams require their powerplay to succeed, this is nothing new. There should be no surprise that among the 10 best powerplays in the nhl, 7 of them made the playoffs, the 3 and 4 powerplays made the cup finals, the 2, 3 and 4 powerplays all made the conference finals. Of the top 10 powerplays only 2 teams significantly outperformed Montreal 5 on 5 and those were surprise surprise, Pittsburgh and Detroit. Detroit actually blew away the entire league 5 on 5.
Sorry man, but Hamrlik and the Kostitsyns' would get the nod before any of these three would get a chance.
Hamrlik will probably stay on the second line. Then it really depends who plays better together. I'd probably rather put a D with Markov, since that gives him more leeway to pinch in if needed (I don't feel too comfortable having only a F back if they broke out against us).
It all points towards a Foward.
S.Kost-Tanguay and even A.Kost because I think he's the one with the hardest shot on the team.
I also wouldn't be surprised if Kovalev is double shifted on the PP.
Gorges and Bouillon are not to be forgotten either, they like to carry the puck but rarely do it because of the role they had to fill last season. I think they have much better offensive capabilites then some may think.