That'd be my guess, we have the bottom 6 more than filled. Huds hasn't been able to hang in the top 6
You keep saying this, yet it is false. Hudler has played quite well in the limited time he has ever been given in a top six role. The key word there? Limited. He performed impressively during the time Datsyuk was out last year, and on Datsyuk's line last year. He did well the first few games of this season and has been one of the team's best forwards so far. It's not that he can't hang in the top six, it's that he's not given a chance to play in the top six. Think about it. Hudler has scored nearly 60 points at the NHL level, and Babcock refuses to play him in the top six. But Nyquist is going to be slotted right in. Why is that? Hudler works hard, he goes to the corners and the front of the net. He backchecks. The only thing he doesn't do that Babcock wants is be 6'2", 200lb. And that won't change. Hudler is easily one of the most offensively skilled forwards on a team that is having trouble scoring right now, yet Babcock refuses to use him much at ES or PP, and keeps bumping him down the lineup to play with less skilled players; preferring instead to use an injured Dan Cleary who is near-useless at both ends of the ice right now.
so it makes sense to give Nyquist a shot on a scoring line. Bringing Nyquist up just to play 7 mins on the 4th line doesn't seem likely, but knowing the Wings they could give him very little ice time early on. I hope I'm wrong though and he's in the top 6.
Playing Nyquist on a scoring line makes perfect sense. He has speed and skill. But playing him over Hudler doesn't make sense. The six forwards who should be on the top two lines right now are Dats, Z, Franzen, Hudler, Flip, and Nyquist. Figure out your lines from that.
I do, too. I'm also wondering if we're going to see some lines we might not like, though. I have to wonder if Babcock is already going to decide that Helm isn't a third line center, and that we'll go back to Z-D-Flip-Helm up the middle.
I've been fiddling with lines too, and the idea of moving flip back to 3C and Helm back to the 4th. However, I do think Emmerton has been doing fine in that role though. Interesting to see what Babs is going to do.
This could be the line that sparks detroit goal scoring drought and very easily could be the line that helps Z get out of this funk...speaking of Z, whats going on w him? I wonder if he has a personal problem that he kept to himself. He is so private and soft spoken at times, the only thing that could be the problem, is a little off ice problem that will be resolved...or he could just need a player like Nyquist
When it comes to Z...the first assumption/ speculation should be that his back his acting up.
now lets pray babcock doesnt give him the hudler treatment, aka dropping him 2 lines down the roster after 1 bad shift.
Nyquist is two inches taller, and is a faster skater. So Nyquist isn't in the doghouse if he's not scoring a point per game. Did anyone else here notice that? The first game Hudler didn't score a point (Washington loss) and dropped below 1 PPG, he was skating some time on the third line. Love it Babs. "Everyone on the team blew ass, most of all Conklin. Jiri, it's your fault."
flipping finalyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...ive been backing his @$$ up all last week
this one is for you nyquist
on the other end....poor mursak, just for right now...speedy recovery kid, we need you..
here we go..red wings must be listening to us and our "pure goal scoring" talk
pfff, **** it, waive Miller or Emmerton. Nyquist is here to stay and Mursak gives Helm a run for his money (excuse the pun)
They need to inject some youth into this team and find some spark. And I am sure Nyquist is the best candidate for that. He'll be hungry to impress. Just don't put him on the fourth line, that will be an absolute waste. Play him in the top 6 and second PP unit and don't look back. I don't know who sits, Hudler, Cleary or someone else, I don't care, I'm so happy he's back.
Whats the info on the is kid? Fast skater, slapshot/wristshot power/acc? etc.. Thanks
Played at the University of Maine where he was a Hobey Baker finalist his sophomore year. That award is given to the best player in college hockey. He actually was one of the three finalists, so he finished ahead of our top prospect Brendan Smith that season. Nyquist is a very good skater who has excellent hockey IQ and very good two-way play. He's a good scorer and passer. He studied economics in college so he's a bright kid.
He'll play on the wing and is in all likelihood our best prospect at forward since Zetterberg and Datsyuk.
That's like saying "The Sedin's shouldn't play together their play styles are too similar".
2 players alike is often working pretty good, they can read eachother well make great plays. Atleast give it a try even though they're alike.
The Sedins aren't similar though. Henrik is a pure playmaker who has mediocre shooting skills. Daniel is a top-end sniper who is also a very good passer. They have also played together since forever.
Playing two players with their skill sets together makes perfect sense; it's not a Juneau/Oates type situation where you have two great passers on a line together; Oates posted 77 goals (45 and 32) in the two seasons he played with Juneau. He played 147 games with Juneau on his left side. Only once (25 goals in 61 games in 1990-91) did he hit 25 goals, and he was arguably the best center in the league that year playing with Brett Hull on his wing. He only scored 20 three other times in his entire career. 341 goals in over 1300 games. Over 1000 assists though.
Nyquist should be played on a line with Zetterberg and Franzen to start. Not because they're Swedes (although that's fun) but because he provides an element of speed and explosiveness to the line similar to what Cleary did when he had that spot. Hudler and Filppula both work extremely well with Datsyuk, and we've all been aching to see more skill players and less "sluggish filler" as some have descibed Holmstrom and Bertuzzi. Flip and Huds flanking Dats would be an excellent puck control line, and could turn out VERY well.
That leaves a bottom six which includes some amalgam of Helm, Cleary, Abdelkader, Bertuzzi, Holmstrom, Eaves, Emmerton, and Miller. I like to put it together as follows:
I've wanted to see that third line put together all season. Especially given that Cleary hasn't been scoring; put him in a defensive role and take the scoring burden off of him.