While it has only been a period and a half, I think it is clear we need a center, an offensive center to be specific, so we can move Korpi back to the wing where he belongs. Smith is doing ok, last two goals were meh, the fourth could have been stopped. We are icing a few guys that don't belong in the NHL tonight and our lack of offensive talent is being rudely exposed.
O'Sullivan? I get why we wanted Chipchura and Bissonnette out there, due to physicality, but Chipchura was a liability on the 2 PP goals (given it is only one game).
Yes we do. Absolutely. And neither Miele, McLean nor Tikhonov were able to make that AHL team.
Think about it.
You might want to think about that one yourself.
Maclean is on an NHL team now, not sure if you heard, they actually don't mind offensive players. I have never supported Tik, never will, so not sure what you mean there.
We need an offensively gifted center, Miele is an offensively gifted center... but yeah you're right, good call to send him down so we can move a wing to center, a fourth liner to to third line and fit in chip. Great point zz, I'm enlightened.
Our top 4 PKers would be Nokelainen/Chipchura-Gordon and the Korpi-Hanzal combo...
It will have to be BUX. We have no other options outside of Miele. Sully being a vet will likely get the call first. We simply need to inject offense and skill into this team. I know zz, excellentguesser, devils advocate, and a few others disagree but I'm not sure why.
How does a defensive team have a dreadful PK? We were great in 09-10...
Cause we had defensemen and forwards who were willing to lay their body down and block shots (see Michalek, Zbynek; Fiddler, Vernon; Nokelainen, Peteri; Winnik, Daniel). It forces that extra pass that needs to be made. Does Pavelski get a chance at the deflection if someone lays out? Probably not. Sharks would be forced to regroup and move the puck around.