Agreed. I've been saying this for a couple of weeks.
Kovalev and Samsonov will need someone to go to the net and screen goalies/tip in goals/get rebounds etc...
Oh if only Bonk could do that.. it'd be perfect.
I don't see it as being a good move. When I think of Higgins, I think of him using his speed off the wing and using the angles from the boards, getting the puck in flight. I think him starting the play in his own zone would take away from his strengths. Then again, what the hell do I know. I think we'd go from above average lw'er to average center. Still, if the need is there, camp is a time to look at this stuff.
Ryder on the third line ?!?
I agree that higgins centering one of the top two lines might not be the best thing, but why demote Ryder? He's our best scorer! And why put Perez on the top line instead. He's still got a lot to prove, more than Ryder at any rate.
Well the way I see it is that with a well balanced team you do not have a top line nor do you have a shutdown line. You may end up having a first PP unit and a second one and you can bet I would use Ryder on the first one.
I think that latendresse, Ryder and Johnson would make a quite good line, Johson is a playmaker that is not overly physical, Latendresse would bring some Robustness and Ryder would be the finisher. BTW switch Latendresse with Kostsitsyn and the line would be just as good IMO.
The key thing is that we have options this year... May the best kid earn a spot.