Oglethorpe wrote:This is all on Murray, you can't have Neil, Chiaisson, Cowen, Smith, Weircioch and Boro all on the roster. Zero quickness in that group.
Chiasson, Smith and Neil are pretty quick.
Chiasson is pretty quick IMO. Smith is a good skater as well. I legit don't see the issues there. Neil, whatever he's almost done anyway, but he can still get up and go.
Smith has been skating very well this seasno.
Add in Druzinsky and McCormick and you have a team of goons.
I agree though. You can't depend on 7 people (top six + Karlsson) to provide all of your offence.
I'd be doing whatever it takes to bring in Drouin. He's not the answer IMO but I think he's part of the solution.
Ceci+Lazar for Drouin. I'd also bring up the Bishop trade and remind Yzerman he owes us one.
McCormick is more than a goon IMO.
I don't see why you can't count on 7 people to provide all your offense. How many teams have more than that scoring a decent amount of points?
Drouin is OK but I don't see where he plays when we're all healthy, and he has a bad reputation.
Sens have 9 players with double-digit points. Boston has 11. Montreal has 14. If you raise the bar to 15, Ottawa has 7, Boston and Montreal have 9.
May not sound like much but when injuries hit (as they have) we simply do not have the depth.
you could say any of those teams would fail if they got injuries. Which they have not. Only Boston just lost Kreci.
Yes, many of our problems are the result of injuries. We've played without MacArthur for most of the year, which resulted in shuffling on both the top two lines. Normally, in this kind of situation, you could slot in Michalek, as he's definitely a top-six player when healthy and when his legs are working (which they were, earlier) but since he's been out (and also when Lazar missed a couple games) we have numerous callups (Dizzy, McCormick, Greening, Dzingel) and internal shuffling (Smith to the top line, Boro up front).
But I flat out refuse to believe that Cameron has made the right moves in:
- benching Prince and playing Boro (including the Hoff-hassling incident)
- promoting Smith to the top line
- playing Smith/Chiasson on the PP
- playing Cowen-Boro as his #1 PK unit
- sitting Wideman while Boro (wrong side) and Cowen struggled as a pairing, as did Wiercioch-Ceci
Some moves were necessary because of the circumstances; some of those moves were simply wrong; some moves were not made soon enough (sitting Cowen).