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Of all of our D, who would you first convert to Wing?

View Poll Results: Of all of our D, who would you first convert to Wing?
Despres 0 0%
Grant 9 17.31%
Letang 7 13.46%
Martin (for Crosby) 4 7.69%
Morrow 1 1.92%
Niskanen 2 3.85%
Pouliout 8 15.38%
Reese 0 0%
Other 7 13.46%
None 14 26.92%
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12-19-2012, 07:44 AM
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Of all of our D, who would you first convert to Wing?

There is also a poll, including a 'None' option, an 'Other' option, and a Paul Martin joke option (if he can't play D, he most likely can't play Wing).

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12-19-2012, 07:52 AM
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Ahhh the good ole MT days.... Brooks Orpik.

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12-19-2012, 08:03 AM
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Wait, isn't Pouliot a wing? We use a #8 on a D!?!

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12-19-2012, 09:14 AM
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I chose Martin since he couldn't play D last year

I hope nobody picks Letang, that would be stupid

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Velischek.

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12-19-2012, 09:31 AM
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Velischek.
Actually, besides playing forward for Providence early last season, Velischek was playing forward in the devlopment camp scrimmage this summer. so he might no be a s big of a stretch as one would think.

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Actually, besides playing forward for Providence early last season, Velischek was playing forward in the devlopment camp scrimmage this summer. so he might no be a s big of a stretch as one would think.
Pretty much why I said it. I don't think he gets signed after this season anyways, but definitely not as a defenseman. No room for him.

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12-19-2012, 03:12 PM
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None. Dumb idea.

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Velischek.
Beat me to it. Maybe Seymour as a 4th line banger?

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Maybe Seymour as a 4th line banger?
I'm sure I'm missing some but it's pretty common* to turn a fighting defensemen into a forward (Eric Cairns, Paul Bissonnette and I think Steve MacIntyre is listed as a defenseman some places...would have loved to seen that).

So for that I'd chose Seymour or Harrison Ruopp to be a new heavyweight forward...Assuming the breed doesn't die out by the time they make it to the big leagues.


*"pretty common" in relative terms as in more common than turning a Kris Letang or Paul Martin type of defenseman that can skate and add some offense into a forward.

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MacIntyre was a defenseman back in his WHL days IIRC. Turning a tough defender into a 4th line goon isn't unprecedented. We could do it with Ruopp maybe. That's the likeliest choice.

Alex Grant needs change, either get out of our organization or change roles. He can skate and shoot but doesn't defend that well.

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You see what happens... do you see what happens, Larry??

Do you see what happens when the NHL and NHLPA ruin a season?

This is what happens, Larry. People talk about converting D to winger!

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You see what happens... do you see what happens, Larry??

Do you see what happens when the NHL and NHLPA ruin a season?

This is what happens, Larry. People talk about converting D to winger!
We could not even come to a consensus on turning Malkin into a winger. If we cannot convert a dynamic offensive talent like that into a winger what makes you think we could turn a defenseman into a winger?

Although Burgs comment about Grant does strike me as plausible. At least he has something offensively that we can use.

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12-19-2012, 06:39 PM
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smh, 8 people who voted none. they must hate fun. there's no actual hockey.

I voted for Alex Grant. probably because he seems like the least likely to make the pens as a D-man, so maybe he could (hypothetically) use his size and offense to reinvent himself as a winger?

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Grant. If he's a PP specialist, then I could see an 11/7 lineup with him as 12th F/7th D.

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Grant is playing the wing tonight. Would be interesting to see what he can do.

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Grant could be a nice winger. Great size, good offensive instincts & tools. Last year, he was brutal on D, but he has definitely improved -- although not necessarily enough to crack through our top prospect group.


Velischek is also a good idea, for the reasons mentioned. AND, I'm going to throw out this idea, as well:


Despres and/or Joe Morrow: both of these guys have a lot of potential, but both also have a lot of inconsistency in their defensive games. While I ultimately believe Despres will be traded, if he doesn't appear to be on the tragectory of being a top-4 Dman (and is being outplayed by others), he's got good size; but I question whether he would have the hockey sense and chemistry to play with good forwards.


Joe Morrow, however: this is a guy who can flat out fly, and has added a really tough/physical element to his game. I would definitely like to see Joe perform well and gain consistency as a Dman, because if he can do that, he can be a top-2 or top-4 guy. But if his defensive game didn't come around (and this is still in the realm of the hypothetical), then perhaps he could be a really good power-forward type of winger who could also play the point on the PP. Based on speed, strength, toughness and shooting ability alone, he could be a very effective forward if his defensive game never came around (perhaps like a modern-day Wendal Clark lite).

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Letang is the only one who could become a legit winger in the league. He's talented, smart, and tenacious. He'd probably be a mini Dupuis.

On the other hand, Staal could've been a monster on D. I could also see Dupuis being a solid, less physical Orpik-like Dman.

I hear Crosby has had recent success in G.

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Letang is the only one who could become a legit winger in the league. He's talented, smart, and tenacious. He'd probably be a mini Dupuis.

On the other hand, Staal could've been a monster on D. I could also see Dupuis being a solid, less physical Orpik-like Dman.

I hear Crosby has had recent success in G.
give him an offseason of practice and Sid could get the Vezina

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This thread needs more pandas to express my disappoint at the level of thread creativity. We get bored and the best we can do is "covert D to Wingarz!"? Very disappoint. Halfa da forum dohn care.


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Martin for Crosby. Doubt Crosby would notice a difference between him and all the other no names they throw with him and Kunitz.

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Keep it up and I might put a padlock on this thing.

(He'd notice all right. He'd notice that instead of getting pucks for him off the boards and setting up plays, his winger would be in the corner lying in a heap every other shift.)

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Keep it up and I might put a padlock on this thing.

(He'd notice all right. He'd notice that instead of getting pucks for him off the boards and setting up plays, his winger would be in the corner lying in a heap every other shift.)
Martin goes into the corner? Thats news to me...

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