It's kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation.
Hey now, don't think I'm defending Penner. Far from it. I'm just saying that because he's the best offensive option we have on the LW (in terms of production), he should probably start there. If he's dragging his ass again tonight, bench him.
Having said that, I don't necessarily disagree with the decision to start Reddox there. I just think Penner should be given some time early to see if he's going. As we've seen this year, for the one or two games after a benching, Penner can be an effective player.
Really, the whole discussion of Penner vs. Reddox is disappointing because they both shouldn't be there. If they don't get a scoring LWer tomorrow, it's going to suck.
EDIT: Looks like Spawn and I are on the same page with the last point.
Agreed, even Mike Knuble is a better option, and he's probably more then likely available.
Well it seems you have covered every part of the argument so now we can move on to another subject.
Agreeded, Rant is over. I feel better
Now that I did all that ranting I feel like a dumb ***.
Heres what Gregor just posted on Oilers Nation in the comments section
Jacques is in tonight on the 4th line. Reddox moves up to the 3rd line and Pouliot will stay on the second line. Nilsson sits again it looks like.
I get putting Jacques in because of size, but Pouliot over Nilsson again is perplexing. Granted Nilsson has done nothing lately, but neither has Pouliot, and in my mind Nilsson still offers more than Pouliot, especially when neither are bringing much to the ice right now.
I thank you Rin & Mowzie Joint Production for your excellent GDT. I would hope that the BrainRust is trying to improve their team by adding and/or subtracting assets in a judicious fashion. Well maybe "crapshoot" would a be descriptor?