Don't mind the experiment at all. I'd much rather see him and Eager than the usual suspects. I'm still annoyed that at no point this year we got to see the 3 Swedes play together, hopefully we get to see it in OKC.
I've been wanting this for a while now. I know the guy probably doesn't deserve it, based on his play this year, but the guy does have wheels, size, and pretty good hands. Why not give it a shot?
First, why is Eberle, our leading scorer by a mile, on the 2nd line?
And secondly, Petrell?
I know Hall and Hemsky are playing alright, but the kid line along with Khabby was why the oilers were such a beast in october/November. Re-unite the kids man
If you take a look around a bit, you'll find the answers to your questions:
Yup, let's give those minutes to Horcoff or Belanger instead. Great idea!
looks like someone is having reading issues.
If they put all 3 kids together it will leave Gagner out of the loop and force him to be the guy that carries the 2nd line. Keep either Hall or Eberle on his line and hope he can continue to be a good complimentary player for them.
But that's the point of putting them together, in most games, they cannot be shut down.
Sigh, in most games they're undependable defensively. Alfredsson-Spezza-Heatley is superior defensively to the Hall-RNH-Eberle line AND they're better on faceoffs. This is not a valid comparison.
There's nobody on Hall-RNH-Eberle line that can win a faceoff, nor are they that good at defending the cycle. Which means you cannot throw that line out anytime the faceoff is in the Oiler zone. Which also means that these three kids will get LESS TOI because of that. If you split up the kids, say Hall-Gagner-Hemsky, then at least Hall will get more minutes because Gagner is now decent (average) on faceoffs now.
Secondly, when you put Smyth on the RNH-Eberle line, this means that Smyth can also take faceoffs and he is actually better at faceoffs than RNH. Smyth can also take some defensive responsibility for the line.
It's not just about scoring points. It's about winning games and giving minutes to the kids without costing goals against.