BigTed3 Posted August 21, 2011 Report Share Posted August 21, 2011 Some bold thoughts... 1st PP unit: Markov with Kostitsyn at the point, Cammalleri with Plekanec at the wings and Cole in front of the net. 2nd PP unit: Subban with Weber at the point, Gomez with Gionta at the wings and Pacioretty in front of the net. This formation has the advantage of keeping all 7 scoring forwards involved in a PP, without adding a defensive defensemen with PP time (Gorges,Gill). Of course there is a matter of the productivity that Spacek and Emalin can provide at the point, but i wouldn't keep my hopes so high. Also if Kostitsyn plays in the 3rd line, as speculated, you have to give him some quality PP minutes, in order to deliver his numbers, in a contract year , avoiding rust and unhappiness. I also think that he has developed his defensive aspect of the game the last couple of years, so i wouldn't worry with him being the last man rushing back, covering a breakaway. 1st PK unit: Moen with Plekanec at front, Gorges and Gill at the back. 2nd PK unit: White with Desharnais at front, Markov and Emelin at the back. As much as i hate to see Pleckanec logging PK minutes, he excecutes this role so effectively, that you can't just ignore it. The Gorges-Gill combo may be one of the best in the league, as shown in the past, and the only concern might be the efficiency in PK by the role players such as White, Desharnais, Eller, Emmelin. They have to come out strong in order the team to finish in the top-5 in the PK (%). Good thoughts. I also think you need to try and keep AK involved on the PP and while I'm not a huge fan of forwards playing the point, he may be an alternative if neither Emelin or Spacek proves to be capable. The other guy I'd like to see getting some PP time though is Desharnais. The guy is a solid passer and the extra space with the man up will give him the chance to show what he can do. I realize Gomez is not going to be kicked off the PP to start the year, but DD has to be considered if Gomez isn't performing in that role through the 1st 10-15 games. Another option, if we're thinking outside the box and we want both Gomez and DD out there, is to use Gomez on the left point on the 2nd wave in the role Markov plays on the 1st wave (i.e. as a puck distributor). His lack of a shot may become easy to defend, but on the other hand perhaps this will encourage Scotty to shoot more. This also then allows us to use Weber and Subban as the two point-men shooters in some order and DD at center with Pacman on the 2nd unit. On the PK, I agree that we cannot simply keep Pleks onto the bench. He's too good in that role. But I would like to see us use some of the younger guys there too to cut down the minutes we demand of Plekanec on the PK. I'm fine with a 1st duo of Plekanec-Moen and I am ok with DD or Eller or even Engqvist if he makes the team. White is going to have to be eased into the rotation because he's not quite ready to take a regular shift there yet, but it would be beneficial to us if he can develop the ability to play the PK and save some of the offensive-minded guys for even strength and the PP. At present, I still think we'll have to rely on Gomez and/or Gionta on the PK unless PG signs another forward (another reason I believe a guy like Trent Hunter might be a good fit). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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