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Who should play with Couturier and Read?

View Poll Results: Who should play with Couturier and Read?
Gagne 13 11.40%
Laughton 28 24.56%
McGinn 30 26.32%
Noebels 0 0%
Raffl 28 24.56%
Straka 2 1.75%
Talbot 6 5.26%
Other 7 6.14%
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09-12-2013, 11:14 AM
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Who should play with Couturier and Read?

Assuming Matt Read is one of Couturier's wingers, who should be the other one?

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09-12-2013, 11:18 AM
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Gagne or Laughton i i prefer to have Laughton so you can use that line as a scoring line or a shutdown line

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09-12-2013, 11:29 AM
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Schenn, Simmonds, and Hartnell could all potentially be rotated around as well. Don't take last season's inconsistent lines for granted.

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Gagne or Laughton i i prefer to have Laughton so you can use that line as a scoring line or a shutdown line
I do not care where he plays as long as he is on the team. This kid is the type of player that you win with. Good luck Scott.

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09-12-2013, 11:39 AM
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I'd still like Gagne for a year, but don't see it happening.

I don't want to specifically hold Laughton back, but I'd rather see him playing C than stuck at wing. Raffl might need some time to adjust to NA before jumping into the NHL. I also Couturier could use a more veteran hand on his line than McGinn, who wouldn't be out of place otherwise.

It'll be interesting to see where they go with it.

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09-12-2013, 11:40 AM
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I would personally like to see...

Hartnell/Giroux/Read
Schenn/Lecavalier/Voracek
???/Couturier/Simmonds
Talbot/Hall/Rinaldo

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Gags...........gone
Laughton.....jrs
Talbot.........4th line
McGinn........Winner!!!!!

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Apparently Holmgren "closed the door" on Gagne, so you can cross him off the list.

We'll have to see what Raffl does in training camp/pre-season but management sounds like they think he's got a shot to make the team. And regardless of who's penciled in for game one, I'm sure players will be bounced around line to line as they always are.

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I would personally like to see...

Hartnell/Giroux/Read
Schenn/Lecavalier/Voracek
???/Couturier/Simmonds
Talbot/Hall/Rinaldo
Put McGinn on that 3rd line and that is one tough line to play against!!

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I would personally like to see...

Hartnell/Giroux/Read
Schenn/Lecavalier/Voracek
???/Couturier/Simmonds
Talbot/Hall/Rinaldo
I think I like this, except I would maybe switch Read and Voracek.

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Whoever plays the best at camp; Talbot should be 4th line material and I still don't think theres a chance Gagne is on the team in October

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I've always thought we should roll Voracek with Couturier and Read. They have had some previous chemistry in Couts rookie year.

I would run this

Hartnell - Giroux - Vinny
Simmonds - Schenn - Mcginn/Laughton/Straka/Raffl
Voracek - Couturier - Read
Talbot - Hall - Rinaldo

You wouldn't find many teams that could roll 3 lines like that. I think Schenn will flourish next year without Danny B. Montreal fans are in for a shock. This is all based on presumption that Schenn and Couturier have improved their face-off ability to an acceptable level.

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I've always thought we should roll Voracek with Couturier and Read. They have had some previous chemistry in Couts rookie year.

I would run this

Hartnell - Giroux - Vinny
Simmonds - Schenn - Mcginn/Laughton/Straka/Raffl
Voracek - Couturier - Read
Talbot - Hall - Rinaldo

You wouldn't find many teams that could roll 3 lines like that. I think Schenn will flourish next year without Danny B. Montreal fans are in for a shock. This is all based on presumption that Schenn and Couturier have improved their face-off ability to an acceptable level.
No, you can't waste Lecavalier's face-off ability on Giroux's wing. He was brought in the help this team on face-offs

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09-12-2013, 12:08 PM
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Schenn-Giroux-Lecavalier
Hartnell-Couturier-Voracek
McGinn-Laughton-Read
Talbot-Hall-Rinaldo

Probably not what will happen though.

More realistically i'd like to see:

Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek
Schenn-Lecavalier-Simmonds
Gagne-Couturier-Read
Talbot-Hall-Rinaldo

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I've always thought we should roll Voracek with Couturier and Read. They have had some previous chemistry in Couts rookie year.

I would run this

Hartnell - Giroux - Vinny
Simmonds - Schenn - Mcginn/Laughton/Straka/Raffl
Voracek - Couturier - Read
Talbot - Hall - Rinaldo

You wouldn't find many teams that could roll 3 lines like that. I think Schenn will flourish next year without Danny B. Montreal fans are in for a shock. This is all based on presumption that Schenn and Couturier have improved their face-off ability to an acceptable level.
No way you split up Giroux and Voracek. That was the only thing that worked last year.

And I agree with RJ8812, putting Vinny on the wing is a mistake. Having 2 centers in our top 6 that can win faceoffs will do wonders for this team.

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09-12-2013, 12:18 PM
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McGinn looked good on Giroux's wing, I'd try him with Couts first, I think.

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McGinn looked good on Giroux's wing, I'd try him with Couts first, I think.
I'm curious though...

McGinn - Giroux - Voracek
Schenn - Lecavalier - Simmonds
Hartnell - Couturier - Read
Rinaldo - Hall - Talbot


Everyone who Hartnell plays with gets a boost, but Giroux and Voracek certainly don't need that boost anymore. McGinn can theoretically replace Hartnell as a meaner, less offensive version while still being effective on the top line. Hartnell gets to play with Couturier and Read.

Boom. Potentially three semi-balanced scoring lines.

Rinaldo - Hall - Talbot becomes your shut-down / defensive zone draw line.

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I'm curious though...

McGinn - Giroux - Voracek
Schenn - Lecavalier - Simmonds
Hartnell - Couturier - Read
Rinaldo - Hall - Talbot


Everyone who Hartnell plays with gets a boost, but Giroux and Voracek certainly don't need that boost anymore. McGinn can theoretically replace Hartnell as a meaner, less offensive version while still being effective on the top line. Hartnell gets to play with Couturier and Read.

Boom. Potentially three semi-balanced scoring lines.

Rinaldo - Hall - Talbot becomes your shut-down / defensive zone draw line.
I like it. Hope McGinn has another good camp.

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McGinn could be good fit because he can create space for the other two.

Raffl would offer great speed and a solid two way game.

Laughton has the highest skill level but can he be a full time winger?

I guess they will try out several combos to see if there is some chemistry building. Whoever gets the nod will have to try hard to keep the spot throughout the season. Competition is a good thing!

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My choices would be McGinn or Raffl, but since I only know what I've heard about Raffl being kind of like Pyorala, I chose McGinn.

edit- I'd also be happy with Gagne there.

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I'd be very surprised if McGinn makes the team out of camp. I think someone surprises like Raffl, Akeson or Flanagan surprises and sticks.

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My view is that it is Talbot's spot to lose and the rest are really competing for the fourth line.

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An excerpt from Meltzer on Raffl

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I have seen Raffl play about a half dozen times between the Worlds and streams of Viasat broadcasts of Allsvenskan games. I like him and think he's got a shot at eventually staking down an NHL role, but don't expect him to be a big scorer in North America.

While I think Raffl has a skill set that makes him a viable candidate to be an NHL role player -- and someone who could do quite well for himself in the AHL -- I don't think there's top-six upside in Raffl.
http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Bill-...1#.UjIIZry2BCd

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Mcginn has the inside track based on last seaosn, one would think.
Then I'd have to say Raffll.

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I'm curious though...

McGinn - Giroux - Voracek
Schenn - Lecavalier - Simmonds
Hartnell - Couturier - Read
Rinaldo - Hall - Talbot


Everyone who Hartnell plays with gets a boost, but Giroux and Voracek certainly don't need that boost anymore. McGinn can theoretically replace Hartnell as a meaner, less offensive version while still being effective on the top line. Hartnell gets to play with Couturier and Read.

Boom. Potentially three semi-balanced scoring lines.

Rinaldo - Hall - Talbot becomes your shut-down / defensive zone draw line.
I love this idea of Hartnell on the third line. My only concern with a McGinn-Couts-Read combo is that there's no veteran experience on this line, and other teams will be taking their liberties with these guys, especially if they crash the net in the offensive zone.

Hartnell-Couts-Read opens up that wing with G and Jake. could that be a slot that Laughton can add a little sandpaper to? or could Raffl/Straka surprise us? I wouldn't even be surprised if there's a little politics in training camp to see how Akeson lines up with Giroux and Voracek. (Not saying its a bad thing)

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