It worked? Really? In what way? Did it work by completely drying up the production of a gifted offensive player by achoring him to a sixth-line scrub? The only people it might have helped were gamblers playing the point spread. It certainly didn't help Ehlers or the Jets.
didn't ehlers a year later(this year) go about 10 games with no points on the 1st/2nd line.
It clearly has helped ehlers and the jets because ehlers became a bonafide top 6 winger.
Offense means nothing to a team/coach when they're trying to teach a young player defense.
Clearly giving ehlers a reduced role playing with a simplified player worked out.
Ehlers was already a top-six player before the stupid Thorburn experiment, then with the switch became a fourth-liner (at best). And if you want to teach someone defensive play, you don't play him with Thorburn in the first place. In fact you don't teach a player anything by playing him with Thorburn except how to bruise an opponent's knuckles with your face.
Can anyone explain why we would not play our two most budding stars, Connor and Roslovic together? Aren't they destined to play together at some point? I know that Connor is getting points playing with Cormier and Lipon, who I think deserves to compete for Thorburn's spot next year, maybe learning some defensive awareness too, but I would love to see him develop chemistry witb Roslovic going forward. Side note: Noticed in the boxscore that Moose opened the game giving up a shorty. At least the PP is an organizational weakness