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07-04-2017, 12:04 PM
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I think putting Drouin with Galchenyuk would be a mistake. And putting him at C has the potential to be a mistake as well.

I hope we try him with Lehkonen. Both are a match made in heaven IMHO.

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07-04-2017, 12:10 PM
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So, we tried to develop an elite center as a LW and failed. Now we have an elite LW in Drouin and are contemplating about making him into a center?

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07-04-2017, 12:11 PM
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if they don't then one of Galchenyuk/Drouin has to be used at center cause it can't be Pleks and we don't have anyone else to put there.
I actually wouldn't mind playing both at centre in that case.

Pac Drouin Gallagher
Lehkonen AG Hemsky
Hudon Pleks Shaw
Byron Danault McCarron

If they can somehow trade Pleks for a right winger then Danault to 3C.

Obviously not ideal but better I think than having danault in the top 6.

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07-04-2017, 12:17 PM
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So, we tried to develop an elite center as a LW and failed. Now we have an elite LW in Drouin and are contemplating about making him into a center?
no one knows what management is thinking about doing.

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I actually wouldn't mind playing both at centre in that case.

Pac Drouin Gallagher
Lehkonen AG Hemsky
Hudon Pleks Shaw
Byron Danault McCarron

If they can somehow trade Pleks for a right winger then Danault to 3C.

Obviously not ideal but better I think than having danault in the top 6.
that would be interesting and would be huge if it worked giving us 2 legit centers. I'd flip Byron and Hudon, I would like to see Hudon with Danault as his speed would help off-set Hudon's lack of. I'd like to see McCarron get more time in the AHL so maybe put Mitchell on that line. Hudon Danault Mitchell would be an interesting one if they couldn't move Pleks, which i would think would be very hard since 6M in cap space is a killer although if they add something of value, maybe LV or Yotes would take him as Danault is clearly not a 4th liner, but you can't have a 6M 4th liner can you?

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07-04-2017, 12:20 PM
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no one knows what management is thinking about doing.
Agreed

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07-04-2017, 12:22 PM
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no one knows what management is thinking about doing.



that would be interesting and would be huge if it worked giving us 2 legit centers. I'd flip Byron and Hudon, I would like to see Hudon with Danault as his speed would help off-set Hudon's lack of. I'd like to see McCarron get more time in the AHL so maybe put Mitchell on that line. Hudon Danault Mitchell would be an interesting one if they couldn't move Pleks, which i would think would be very hard since 6M in cap space is a killer although if they add something of value, maybe LV or Yotes would take him as Danault is clearly not a 4th liner, but you can't have a 6M 4th liner can you?
I wonder if there would be a buyer for Pleks if Habs retained $2 mill? Seems like Pleks at $4 mill should be a pretty good option for some teams for a 3C.
AG and Drouin are very talented, very young, players and, if they can learn to play centre, it would solve a lot of problems. I would much prefer Danault on the 3rd line for sure. It doesn't make sense to keep both either way.

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07-04-2017, 12:24 PM
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Same here. 60 points is a fair expectation.
He was on pace for 60 pts last season

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07-04-2017, 12:26 PM
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So, we tried to develop an elite center as a LW and failed. Now we have an elite LW in Drouin and are contemplating about making him into a center?
Talking to Lightning fans, Drouin is a RW- or a center. Considering our glut at LW, no point putting him there.

Apparently he was drafted to be and envisioned to be a Center by the Lightning. But he broke out last year playing RW.

Also apparently putting him at LD on the PP is his best spot, so perhaps he's gonna replace both Radulov at RW and Markov on the PP?

His highlights back up the RW claim too.

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07-04-2017, 12:30 PM
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I would go with :

Pac Drouin Gallagher
Lehkonen AG Shaw
Byron Danault Hemsky
Hudon Plekanec McCarron

or swith 2 first centers

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07-04-2017, 12:32 PM
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I would go with :

Pac Drouin Gallagher
Lehkonen AG Shaw
Byron Danault Hemsky
Hudon Plekanec McCarron

or swith 2 first centers
Well that's not gonna happen for sure.

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07-04-2017, 12:38 PM
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Talking to Lightning fans, Drouin is a RW- or a center. Considering our glut at LW, no point putting him there.

Apparently he was drafted to be and envisioned to be a Center by the Lightning. But he broke out last year playing RW.

Also apparently putting him at LD on the PP is his best spot, so perhaps he's gonna replace both Radulov at RW and Markov on the PP?

His highlights back up the RW claim too.
So Drouin is our #1 center?

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07-04-2017, 12:39 PM
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I think Drouin is our new first line RW who plays with Weber on the point on the PP.

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07-04-2017, 12:44 PM
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I wonder if there would be a buyer for Pleks if Habs retained $2 mill? Seems like Pleks at $4 mill should be a pretty good option for some teams for a 3C.
AG and Drouin are very talented, very young, players and, if they can learn to play centre, it would solve a lot of problems. I would much prefer Danault on the 3rd line for sure. It doesn't make sense to keep both either way.
Given how much cap space we have right now, I'd rather just keep Plekanec and hope he can bounce back a bit offensively next year. If we acquire another player or two and need cap space I am sure we could find a taker for him at $4 million, but right now I think we might as well keep him.

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I think Drouin is better suited at wing.

NB. I don't know about the number (#92) though. It would of been nice if Galchenyuk gave 27 to Drouin (wearing since junior years) and Galchenyuk wear #94 (number he had in juniors).
In the offensive zone, Drouin and Radulov play exactly like centermen. They enjoy controlling the puck, attrack the attention of opponent, and use their vision to pass the puck. Galchenyuk, however, has everything of a winger and could use his toolset as a sniper, specially by playing on the RW.

Playing center in the three zones requires a strong ability to read the game while not controlling the puck in order to position yourself at the right place. I haven't watch enough live games to tell if Drouin and Galchenyuk can make it happen. Anyway, the question now is not "can they make it happen?". It's "when will they make it happen?" Cause the next top line centerman who will be available might be Tavares. And it will take a year to get this guy.

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07-04-2017, 12:48 PM
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So Drouin is our #1 center?
Well, the choices are Drouin, AG, Pleks and Danault. Surely not Holland, Hudon or McCarron. Is Julien have anything better on his hand?

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07-04-2017, 12:52 PM
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Well that's not gonna happen for sure.
I tryed again different combos and I see no ideal combinaison. They are all wrong, or just a little bit good ...at best. We don't have a true 1C, all the problems starts here.

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07-04-2017, 01:04 PM
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If we don't acquire a center he will definitely get a try at center IMO.

Pac-Drouin-Gally

If he really strugles he will be moved to the RW.

Pac-Danault-Drouin

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07-04-2017, 01:09 PM
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If we don't acquire a center he will definitely get a try at center IMO.

Pac-Drouin-Gally

If he really strugles he will be moved to the RW.

Pac-Danault-Drouin
Good post but Danault isn't a true offensive center. He is the first to backcheck when offense goes nowhere, I guess any coach apreciate that. AG is too risky, Pleks is too slow and I don't think Holland is good enough. If Drouin can fill the role, he solve a big problem.

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07-04-2017, 04:06 PM
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[QUOTE=montreal;134366471]no one knows what management is thinking about doing.

Especially management.....

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07-04-2017, 05:02 PM
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I would have prefered #91 but 92 is better than 72

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07-04-2017, 05:03 PM
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Montreal are good at the wing, but have some problems on center. I think that we have to try drouin like centerman. I know that he control well the puck and slow the gameplay. He just have to improve faceoff!

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07-04-2017, 06:52 PM
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Why not have Galchenyuk on left wing, Drouin on right wing, and trade pacioretty+ for a first line, young center

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07-04-2017, 06:57 PM
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I'd like to see him paired with Pacioretty. He can play the RW and would be a nice playmaker for patch. Leave galchenyuk with Lehkonen and Shaw.

Really excited to see him work his magic

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Why not have Galchenyuk on left wing, Drouin on right wing, and trade pacioretty+ for a first line, young center
Id like that very much..

but i think they try drouin at center eventually, as early as training camp

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I'd like to see him paired with Pacioretty. He can play the RW and would be a nice playmaker for patch. Leave galchenyuk with Lehkonen and Shaw.

Really excited to see him work his magic
Dro and Patches are training together; this is only going to lend to their inevitable chemistry i for one am excited what this duo will do.

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