On a sort of side note, has anyone else been impressed by Zherdev's defensive efforts? He's backchecking, he's playing the PK (where he had a nice zone clearing effort at the blueline yesterday).
I don't see the laziness, the floating that everyone was whining about.
It wasn't whining, it was truth. I'm no Blue Jackets fan, but Zherdev just added hard work and defensive responsibility to his game last season. Prior to that he was one of the laziest players in the entire NHL.
It was more of a general worry than "oh man that line sucks! get those guys out of there!"
The only other way to get more offense on the third line is to have Dubinsky center it, but then it's the argument over whether that weakens the top two lines too much, etc.
Since Drury's move to wing and Dubinsky playing with Zherdev seems to be working out in the short term, I'll be content with it for the time being.
And yeah, it really is a pretty decent third line in terms of speed, forechecking ability, etc. And yeah, they do have the ability to score some goals...I just hope it's not a goal every 7 games or something
prucha is getting chances, just needs to bury a few....and i think he needs to stop leaning back on his shots from the slot, hence they fly over the net so much
I almost like these lines, I would like to see naslund back on the top line, Dawes traded, Prucha or Frische on the second line/third line rotating as needed. This would allow Voros to play left with Orr on the right and haveing Sjo or Rismiller as the extra.