Ever since 2006 when Pominville scored that goal to eliminate us from the playoffs against Buffalo, the team has never been a good PP team. Our ranking has been mediocre every season since and we don't look as dangerous, particularly 5 on 3.
I don't understand why they don't go back to Alfredsson on the point because when he was there on a consistent basis, he controlled it, used his shot well and could make smart plays. Yes, he had some guys who complimented the unit well at the time in Bonk, Havlat, Hossa and Redden, but for 3-4 seasons, they were always in the top 5. There is plenty of talent here that could easily get it into the top 10.
Think about some of the guys we have used back there in recent years and the failure it has been. Fisher and Shannon in recent years, which is a joke. They don't have the control or composure of Alfredsson with the puck.
Is it just me, or is it that obvious to put him back on the point for the powerplay?
I want to see this too. Alfie has scored countless goals in the past from back on the point, hes also real good at entering the zone on the PP. Kovalev is too slow carrying the pick in the zoen because he skates in zig zags. I would like to see Alfie back there, with Kovalev on the half boards, where he scored countless goals coming from there.
Right circle/right half boards: Kovalev
Right Point: Kuba
Left Point: Alfredsson
Left circle/slot/front of net: Cheechoo (right shot)
Behind the net/left half boards: Spezza
Exactly what I've been hoping for since the pre-season. Kovalev has been gold on the PP over the years and it's from the right half-boards. There is no reason to have him on the point. Use strengths to your advantage.
Anyone who can be a threat from the point in terms of being able to score off the slapshot or even just hit the net consistently when people are standing in front would be a huge improvement. When you have a shot on the point other teams have to respect it and leave a defender up high to gaurd it. Otherwise teams just collapse down around their goalie and prevent the forwards from creating anything down low.