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12-19-2009, 03:52 AM
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Thinking out of the box - last Top 9 forward

Assuming Ben Pouliot is not ready to step in to a Top 9 role, where do we find a guy with proven scoring ability, good wheels and a good shot to fill the need for secondary offence?

I say we have one such player on the roster already, getting 0.5 ppg and could possibly get more with the right linemates - Marc-André Bergeron!!

It's a waste to play this guy next to Georges Laraque. It's time to fully utilize his potential

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12-19-2009, 03:55 AM
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That's quite interesting... It could work.

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That's really not such a bad suggestion. Of course, the guy must learn the different aspects of playing forward. He looked a little lost on quite a few occasions out there and he's not the toughest but he does have great hockey sense and scoring ability. I would give him a shot along Gomez and Gionta.

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I've liked the idea ever since I saw him on the fourth line. He was relegated back to D due to injuries but rest assured he'll be back on forward when we're healthy......and might actually do well! He's got decent wheels with a hard accurate shot to boot. I'm still unsure of his creativity and decision making as a forward but I wouldn't be surprised if he's able to climb up a line or two should the young ones falter.

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Mab absolutely MUST play PP with Markov.

The onl;y way to get him ice time other than that is on the wing.

I really am curious to see him there for a look see.

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I applaud your initiative, but I have one concern...

MAB is in no way physical enough to play as a forward - he gets knock off to easily and this leads to turnovers. Also, can he trigger his big shot while in movement?

There is a difference between shooting from the point than coming off the wing.

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I applaud your initiative, but I have one concern...

MAB is in no way physical enough to play as a forward - he gets knock off to easily and this leads to turnovers. Also, can he trigger his big shot while in movement?

There is a difference between shooting from the point than coming off the wing.
Not, he cannot. I've seen him try and fail at that several times, even in Minnessota. but he can still be at the point sometimes as a forward on the PP, can he not ?

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12-19-2009, 12:30 PM
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he does have great hockey sense and scoring ability. I would give him a shot along Gomez and Gionta.
Hockey sense? You must be kidding. Other than his shot this guy has the skill of a semi-pro. He can barely skate or handle the puck. Play him on the fourth line to minimize his time at 5-on-5 and get him on the power play where he's actually useful.

I wouldn't put him on a third line because he has no defensive presence playing as a forward (or a defenseman for that matter) and he doesn't have the skill to replace someone in the top 6.

Who are you doing to demote? Sergei? D'Agostini? Pacioretty?

Tell me one thing that MAB would do better than those guys, other than shooting while standing still.

Here's an even better solution, let's bring Subban up and play him as a forward, lol.

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I applaud your initiative, but I have one concern...

MAB is in no way physical enough to play as a forward - he gets knock off to easily and this leads to turnovers. Also, can he trigger his big shot while in movement?

There is a difference between shooting from the point than coming off the wing.
Streit was quite successful as a forward and he's not much more physical than MAB. I wouldn't mind MAB on the 3rd line for a couple games til Pouilot is ready.

Streit schools Chara and Timmy.

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Laracque not playing 2nite

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Streit was quite successful as a forward and he's not much more physical than MAB. I wouldn't mind MAB on the 3rd line for a couple games til Pouilot is ready.
The difference is one has hockey sense and the other does not.

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The difference is one has hockey sense and the other does not.
well ... although i'd agree streit is clearly miles away from bergeron in arguably every aspect of the game... as a forward, and a dman ... I like the fact that he is shot oriented ... he has space? he shoots... we have been lacking that for years and I'm glad him, A.kos and others are getting the puck at the net more often recently... thats the impression i get....havent looked at numbers...

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