Glad that AV's not just going to arbitrarily stick him back in the lineup to give that fourth line some "size and physicality". Andersson has looked quite good out there in his few games, at least has earned a longer look.
I'd also like to see Andersson for a couple more games. He hasn't blown me away to the point where I'd be disappointed if he were sent back down but we may as well see what we have in him if there are more injuries later.
I did notice that at least once AV put him out with the Sedins for that shift following a PK where Burrows was tired from the PK.
Yeah, it's clear that Andersson has the better hockey sense and stick skills. Desbiens had some moments but too many untalented tough guys on the fourth line is something that has cost this team in the past. Let's cross our fingers that Andersson keeps it up.
I don't think he can help this team at all, but I like Desbiens and the way he plays/competes.
I hope he gets a shot with the Habs, or someone else.
He's not a good enough player to stick in the NHL, but if he could play a handful of games for the Habs, I'm sure it would be really great for him.
Maybe he could parlay a short stint with the Habs into an opportunity outside of the NHL post hockey career.
The fourth line has seen a lot of changes this year. Bolduc was out for an extended period of time, Schaefer flamed out, Rypien flaked out again for whatever reason, and of course Desbiens was injured as well. I guess that the thinking is that Glass already provides most of the grit that the fourth line needs, and Glass is a better skater/overall player than Desbiens. They probably kept him around for cap LTIR considerations after the injury. I didn't think he was terrible. He was getting hits and had a couple of fights, but his skating was suspect.
Misleading stat for the day, the Canucks were 7-3-2 with him in the line-up. It kind of goes to show how useless that stat (in the line-up vs out of the line-up) is. Granted, he only had a few minutes of ice time to affect the outcome either way, but still, misleading stat is misleading.
Whew. Desbiens tried hard, but was pretty bad. Jury's still out on Andersson, but he hasn't stood out in a negative way in his limited icetime. I expect Oreskovich will get his spot sooner or later, though.
wooo! AV showing a measure of restraint in not forcing Desbiens back into the lineup! things like this give me hope that he's coming around on some of his other more ridiculous experiments.
nothing against Desbiens personally, as he tries incredibly hard and seems like a great teammate...but he just cannot skate and the puck skills and vision just aren't there either to make up for it in any way.
Andersson has looked pretty good on the 4th line. Definitely glad they're gonna continue to take a look at what he can do.
AV looks like he's finally taking the 4th line seriously now. Love having some sense of organization on there. I was expecting Glass (whose had a good season so far), Rypien, and Desbiens the whole way though, but I'm liking how AV has experimented by dropping Hansen and Torres down temporarily as well as seeing how guys like Bliznak, Perrault and Andersson fare on the fourth line to give him the best idea of what will be most effective come spring. Certainly a change from him treating the 4th line minutes as pity presents for his testosterone-loaded favourites.
I eagerly await Desbiens back in Manitoba. While odds are he will clear waivers and be assigned, Scott Arniel just loves Desbiens. There may be an outside chance that he could convince management in Columbus to bite... not great odds, but possible.