I haven't watched him for a few years, so I wouldn't know. Good to see someone endorse him.
I actually think this is the overlooked risk of yesterday's deals: will we still have an effective third line? It will have a different look, yes. But is Pahlsson, Manny or Lapierre capable of anchoring an effective checking line? If not, we may have diminished our depth.
He hasn't lost a step. He's great along the boards. He's poised all the time. He wins puck battles ALL the time. He hasn't lost any mobility.
Pahlsson can anchor a 3rd line still, no problem. Lapierre did it last year on a team that made the SCF & he has only looked better this year IMO.
It wouldn't surprise me if the line-up looked like this:
Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
Raymond - Kesler - Booth
Higgins - Lapierre - Kassian
Malhotra - Pahlsson - Hansen
The bottom two lines will both be '3rd lines' getting about the same amount of minutes. Lapierre is only on pace for about 18 points or something, but he's looked good offensively when given small chances (i.e. the Booth - Lapierre - Hodgson line of 1.5 games).
I am sure it will take AV a couple of games to decide what line-up is best though. I am excited to find out how it works out.
Edit: Nearly forgot about Raymond.. oops.
Edited by Teemu Selänne, 28 February 2012 - 02:09 PM.