Not liking that fourth line. It just doesn't seem like it has a well defined strength or role. I guess it's just an energy line, but I'd rather have an energy line that can win faceoffs and play strong D.
i wouldnt do that. you cant protect them that well unless you keep them on the bench and that defeats the purpose of getting ribiero in the first place.
Protect them by starting them in the o-zone. Let the matchups be what they will if you can't control them, but maximize the o-zone starts. That's what you sort of need to do with Ribeiro in the first place.
maybe, but i would always use ovechkin/backstrom for offensive zone starts whenever possible. that would mean limited ice for the 2nd line which is unnecessary if you just used a responsible winger instead of perreault.
if 2LW is the only place to use 85, i'd rather scratch him
Backstrom can handle dzone starts because he's not the liability Ribeiro is. That might dictate a Backstrom-MoJo pairing and an Ovi-Ribeiro pairing (to get Ovi the o-zone starts).
But if you're not protecting Ribeiro with o-zone starts, you're probably using him wrong regardless of who else is on his line. I see what you mean about Perreault possibly making it worse, but either way it will depend on the coaching philosophy.
I'd go the other route....Top 6 Meh....bottom 6 decent...
I can't wait to see Beagle silence the non-believers. I think he's earned himself a regular steady role on the 3rd (4th depending on where Laich lands), but I see people still doubting him. I think the Caps love him.
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I don't know what to think of the current roster. On one hand you could argue it's the deepest it's been in years. On the other hand you could also argue that it's very mediocre. Theres a lot of good and promising pieces but it remains to be seen where and how they will all fit particularly guys like Johanson, Ward, Perreaullt, Brouwer, and Wolski.
Are Majo/MP third line Centers or top 2 line wingers? Does Ward belong on a checking/shutdown line with limited minutes or does he get a chance with a scoring line? Does Chimera deserve more time on the top 2 lines after a 20 goal campaign in a defense first system? Should Wolski be in a top 6 role with a center like Ribero or Backstrom to take advantage of his vast potential or will he be back in the press box? Where does Brouwer belong?
As far as my opinion of Oates, one thing scares me. Although its clear he was a great assistant, with all his players praising him, its also clear that as a captain and leader, he was a whiny, douchy selfish ***** - NOT a great leader. The problem is that assistant coaches can be a players buddy, and offer little besides technical coaching to be an asset to the player. Assistant coaches don't bench players, cut players, or have to discipline a player who misses a meeting or violates a team rule. But a Head Coach has to do all those things. A HC has to be a real leader, who can't be buddies with his stars, because he has to get them to do things they may not want to do. See Ovechkin, Alex re: Defense. A HC has to get his players to set aside their selfish interests and do what's in the best interest of the team. Dale had started to get everyone to do that, but hadn't quite gotten through to AO yet.
Oates has proven to be a solid assistant. But I fear as a leader who has to set a tone and rally his troops around a single cause greater than one's own interest, he may not have that skill. He certainly didn't do that as captain of the Caps, but maybe he too has matured since then?