If it was the Habs of a few years ago, I would have been very concerned. I mean, the team was built in a way that we always finished 7th-8th with a poor prospect pool. Now, I don't see what we have to be "concerned" about. We secured a playoffs spot with like 20% of the season to go. We are pretty much guaranteed home advantage in the playoffs.
Even if we get utterly destroyed in the playoffs, most of our top players are around 25 years old or less. We have maybe 7-10 good years in front of us at least. It's not like our core was guys like Koivu, Kovalev and Zednik and that this could be our best year in the next 5 years to come. Now, every year can be a good year and this is true for a very long time. Hopefully, you're a bit less concerned. ;-)
You answered your own question with what I highlighted.
One goal scored by the Habs last night regards.......
A question for you. An honest answer would be appreciated.
Would YOU, as a head coach, play your top scoring forward on the third line?
I think you have a good point, Ryder goes well with Plekanec. I just feel like if he is going to pair Bourque with Plekanec as the number one line, then it wouldn't be smart to have Ryder there because that would make two players on the line that are not effective in their own end. The top line needs to be good on both ends of the ice, and I think that is Therrien's logic in this deicision. The second line seems to be set and have chemistry, so Ryder wouldn't make sense there. Playing with two great young players is a decent solution.
Now, if Bourque was not on the top line, then it would be a different story. But I do agree that one of our top scorers would be great on the top line, it's just that Bourque and Gionta with Plekanec have a combination of speed and scoring (Gionta and Bourque), passing and defensive play (Plekanec and Gionta), and rough, physical play (Bourque). It is a nice dynamic, but I wouldn'y argue with shaking it up in order to put our top scorer in Ryder there,but keep in mind, as silly as this sounds, aside from scoring Ryder doesn't bring much else to the game.
I might be clueless as just a fan, but I think that you put your best goal scorer with your best playmaker.
People can argue who is the best playmaker on this team but it is obvious that Pleks wins hands down as shown by their success together.
Ryder + Pleks = more goals scored than Bourque + Pleks.
Bourque looks very different now after his injury.
I may be a bit obsessed about where Ryder is playing because ever since he got bumped down, he has not scored a goal. And neither has Pleks.
Two of our top forwards not scoring..........after they were clicking together for many weeks.........is troubling. And it is also why I continue to be dumbfounded that Therrien cannot see this. Or if he does see this, why wont he change that line back.