A lot of them are rebound and one-timers. This is not Kovalev that will make passes like this to Samsonov. I really wish they try Samsonov with Koivu and Latendresse. Kovy and Sammy just don't fit together.
While I don't agree with the line combination that you've suggested I do definitely agree that a change is needed on that second line, enough is enough it's been 25 games, it's not happening, I suggset:
Lats Koivu Kovalev
Samsonov Plex Ryder
Great third line and
Murray Begin Double shift someone.....
I'm sure Carbo is waiting for Higgins to put in the middle of those badboys. But in the meantime we need to make them produce.
Higgins won't be back for at least two weeks and Carbonneau has been steadfast in keeping them together despite little results so my point is that there is something else going on here than forcing a square peg into a round hole.
Whoever is playing with Koivu will look good and put up points.*
Whoever isn't needs to work his *** off to try to carry a line on his own. Kovalev is such an elite talent that 1 out of every 3-4 games, he looks like he can carry a line.
Samsonov is 1 step under Kovy in that he cannot carry the line those 2 or 3 other games.
*even our beloved Higgins who we all love, including myself, wouldn't put up the same kind of numbers playing with anybody else.
Put Perez with Koivu, he scores.
Put Latendresse with K, he scores.
Put Kovalev with K, he scores.
Put Higgins with K, he scores.
We don't have a talent on the second line that can consistenly carry a line. Maybe Higgins in a few years, maybe Latendresse in a few years... maybe Grabovsky in a few years. But right now.. nada.
We have to hope that Kovalev picks up the pace of his magical moments to more than 1/2 games (can't wait for playoff Kovalev) or that somehow someone develops chemistry with Samsonov (Bonk? ) or we get that elusive 2nd line centre than doesn't exist in the league.
I don't think Ryder and Kovy would get along though. Neither guy would pass the puck after awhile IMO.
I just don't think the solution lies in those 6 players. That third line has to be broken up.
As good as the third line has been....it needs to be broken up. If we done that, then we might finally be able to get some decent lines put together and everybody would start scoring.
Samsonov - Koivu - Ryder
Higgins - Bonk - Kovalev
Perezhogin - Pleks - Johnson
Murray - Begin - Latendresse
Higgins - Koivu - Kovalev
Samsonov - Bonk - Ryder
Latendresse - Pleks - Johnson
Murray - Begin - Perezhogin
These are my 2 favorite line combos.....There are so many possibilities with that 3rd line broken up....I'd say it needs to be done ASAP.