If we can get an Anisimov type deal with Stepan, that would be interesting. That is of course contingent of him earning a roster spot... and also Boogard not sucking. I'm not a fan of these no-point lines whose only role is to bring some "energy." And I just don't see how the points will come from Drury or Boyle centering that line.
agree with those that say EC isn't an ideal 4th line center, but any thoughts on this idea...
possibly the biggest argument against stepan centering the top line is that it will be way too much ice time for him in his first full season and he'll be burned out by game 40. now what if you dressed christensen as the 4th line center to take shifts with gaborik and frolov more so then between prust and boogaard?
so gaborik and frolov play 20-22 minutes a game but you keep stepan at 15-16 minutes a game by letting EC take random shifts with them to make up the difference.
definitely not a traditional move but would that be a way to let stepan center the top line while also protecting him? especially if the 4th line isn't going to see more then a few minutes anyway.
well if Stepan can produce on the 1st line then Anisimov, Drury and the 4th would be Christiensen. Kennedy and Boyle will get a chance too
I hope somehow they can find a #1 C for Christ , Avery, 2nd rounder, prospect buuuuuut I coubt it
That group will not land you a #1C. EC in waiver wire material, Avery doesnt have much value and a 2nd rounder is 'meh'. That prospect would have to be 1 of Stepan/Grachev/Kreider. What's with people packaging our scrubs for #1 centers?
I think Kennedy will push for Christensen spot. Especially if Stepan is centering Gaborik's line. Christensen showed last year that he was ineffective without Gaborik. He didnt look good in the first preseason game. He is going to have to play much better and be more consistent if he doesn't want to end up in the press box. Kennedy is a Torts type player.
I'm hoping for Kennedy. While Boyle was good in the last game, I still have doubts he will bring such intensity in most games. He just doesn't use his size enough. Indeed I think even if he was 3 inch smaller he wouldn't be much worse. But on the other hand his size is probably the only reason he isn't in the AHL anyway...
Drury... and lots of minutes on special teams. Set up in front of the goalie on pp and get out there every other shift on the pk.
It's Stepan as the #1, EC#2, Anisimov #3. If Stepan is too green, switch him with EC. If Stepan needs time in Hartford, slide Prospal back to center... god knows we need to lighten up on left wing anyway. If EC and Stepan aren't options, move Drury back up the depth charts and go with Boyle on the 4th.
Sauer is on another level defensively and physically. It was never a question. The issue was health. Now if he's past that, he's ideal for us. We need as many solid defensemen as possible. We still may be a low scoring team, playing solid D in our end is paramount.
McDonagh and Sauer could be huge additions for this team.
Redden and Gilroy out, McDonagh and Sauer in (both big, physical, strong, well skating, good passers, solid defensively).
Redden and Gilroy are an adventure every night. McDonagh and Sauer wouldn't be. They might make some rookie errors here and there but they would provide what Redden and Gilroy can't. And unfortunately for Redden and Gilroy, we need what McDonagh and Sauer can provide.