No Sullivan. Neal at the point. No discernible quarterback.
Edit: Assumed that the basement teams were generally around 10 percent, when the actual basement number is typically between 12-14 percent. So I'll adjust my number to 17 percent. Finish somewhere between 15th and 20th in the League.
Last edited by robitaille20: 01-16-2013 at 02:30 PM.
Reason: to make an edit, gosh!
We were 5th in the league in PP%, 4th in goals scored. I think that we fall off from that. Our personel did not markedly change from the PP that was a whipping boy for quite a few years prior to last year. So you would have to think that although the improvement was real, likely due to growth of some of the key players and system adjustments, being that good likely was somewhat of a fluke. I would say maybe 9th or 10th.
1st. It's only a matter of time before that much talent lives up to its capability. One thing that would really help is if Letang can (1) make quicker decisions about getting shots on net and (2) get more shots on net. Obviously it would be nice to see him get more goals, but just actually getting the shots on net can lead to so many more goals via deflection, rebounds, offensive zone faceoffs, etc. The delay + shoot directly into a PK'r routine is getting old.
If HCDB insists on taking the player leading in PP goals from the role that got him to be the leader in PP goals and put him on the point.....
Arg! Why does Bylsma fix things that are not broken?
Neal absolutely must STAY in his same spot that netted 19 PPG. Pen's do not have a replacement for his shot from the circles. You have to build around our 3 best PP players and those are Malkin, Neal, and Letang in that order. I still think Kunitz in the crease, and the 5th can be an open contest. I do not think it should be gifted to Crosby just because he's Crosby. He seems to really mess up the Pen's, ie Malkin's PP. I'd rather have 2 D on the PP to stop giving up SHG so often.
The Pens have to adopt a 1 - 2 powerplay model to be successful. Sid and Geno have simply outgrown each other on the powerplay. Too much time spent playing apart. A powerplay with both just leads to a 2 on 4 instead of a 5 on 4.
I'd love to see them split off into two units, similar to how Detroit does it. Get the freshest unit on the ice for the PP. Get the other unit on the ice for the final minute. Maybe a little competition gets going internally. Couldn't hurt. They have the talent to stack both units too.. many teams would only dream of having it.