It's almost as if Ruff's using him in a "Connolly" role.
Either way, I agree, I'd prefer to see Weber in the line-up, especially because I'm actually honestly not impressed with Ehrhoff-Leo at ES in their own end...
And even though Rej-Grags have been okay, you do kinda feel they're getting "easy" minutes.
(something I feel Ruff could be more comfortable with if he iced a Reggie-Weber pairing)
Something worth noting is, Sekera can open his game up more with Weber back there. Grags has constantly been pinching at the wrong times. Sekera has been going end to end trying to create offense. I feel much better knowing Weber is out there rather than Grags. I've been impressed with Sekera so far this season. (I haven't seen every game, but he's looked confident...)
I also remember the chemistry they had a few years ago...
I think at the end of they day thats the bigger point here.
It would be one thing if Grags was tearing it up on the PP and was the key force behind its production. But he has zero PP points and teams are wising up to the fact that he doesn't shoot. PKers are starting to back off Grags and cheat towards Ehrhoff making it a little harder for Ehrhoff to get his shot through.
Our PP is also getting massively overrated on this board. We've had one strong game on the PP against the Ducks to open the season (2g/4 tries). Since then we had an ok game against the Kings (1/4) and a brutal one against the Canes (0/6) giving up 2 shorties. If you throw in the Pens game we've been 1/11 since the Ducks. I can't believe some posters actually listed the PP as a positive after the Canes game because they felt it looked "dangerous". We have almost as many goals against (2g) on the PP as we do goals scored (3g).
In summary Grags not necessary for the PP to succeed and he really isn't bringing all that much to it to begin with. Since thats the only reason he is dressing, I don't see why he should stay in the lineup. We also need to tweak the PP because its really not working at the moment.
I concur. However I would like to add that Grags has not played poorly, considering his lack of experience I think he's shown remarkable poise and dare I say that appears more positionally reliable than Weber has in the past. There's just better options that should be used. Even Connolly opened up with shots too keep PKers honest.
If they are trying to get his 58 games out of the way, then I kind of get this. But at what cost? I want the PP running like a well oiled machine come playoff time, and I want Myers and Ehrhoff to be the point men. Both have wicked shots, both and make quick heads up passes, and both and carry the puck. It's a nightmare to defend against.
I agree with you. Right now he seems a little more focused on hitting and his puck control has been impacted by it a bit. Like you, I'm not bagging on Myers either. He is still essentially a kid and is trying to develop aspects to his game.
Putting whether or not his puck control is at its best right now aside, I don't see how an increased focus on hitting would have any correlation to puck control. You mean positioning himself better with regards to controlling the puck carrier? Or do you mean when the puck is on his stick? If the latter, I don't see how that's related to his focus on being more physical. You're talking about defensive zone positioning vs. puck on stick, which would mean we had possession. I'm sure you can clarify for me how you think they are directly related?
I think Sekera's been playing great so far. Nothing too spectacular but he could easily be a 3-4 defenseman on another team. He makes some dumb plays occasionally, and turns it over sometimes, but otherwise he's looked somewhat composed in our end, it doesn't help that he's partnered with MAG though...