What do you expect from our powerplay this season? In the past coaching has taken the brunt of criticism but with an entirely new staff how will we fare?
Looking at our team, we should be able to assemble a fairly solid top unit.
Filatov/Alfredsson - Spezza - Michalek
Karlsson - Gonchar
Filatov's stick skills, passing and offensive instincts could land him a spot and, knock on wood, Alfie will most likely miss time this year. Michalek has been a favourite of Clouston and co. for taking the net position, the rest are self explanatory.
Powerplay's can be difficult to predict and solid on paper often doesn't equate to much (Pittsburgh 10-11).
How do you see us doing this season (league ranking)/who is running the powerplay.
I think it's best for everyone if Alfie plays on PP2.
That way, we don't expect as much from him, and his chances of injury should go down. I'm going to be very uneasy this year if Alfie consistently sees 20:00 of ice time a game or higher.
I completely disagree (with respect) with this line of thought. If you want to preserve Alfie's health, you should lower his 5 on 5 minutes if anything and use him where he's most effective...on the PP1. Special teams are so HUGE in separating winners from losers during the regular season and if we want any shot in making the playoffs (unlikely), we're going to need every goal we can get.
It depends on what type of scheme they plan on using. I thought the umbrella they used with Aflie, Rundblad and Karlsson at the top with two guys screening looked good vs. the Jets.
I'd think the most effective possible unit would probably invlove Karlsson and Gonchar on the point with Spezza on the half wall, then use Alfie, Rundblad and someone else like Filatov as a 2nd unit using that umbrella.
Either way, this team needs a top 10 PP to have any chance at making some noise this year.
It doesn't work because Neil doesn't have Holmstrom's hand eye.
Agreed, I think Foligno has a better chance of being coached into that mold at this point in his career. Maclean seems to be excited with the prospect of coaching Foligno since his hire, time will tell if Nick has it in him.
EDIT: I don't see Holmstrom in any of our players but Detroit seems to like their big bodies in the top 6, maybe he could become a Detroit era Bertuzzi type.