It was thought at the time that because Booth and Kesler had played together in their formative years that there would be a chemistry. Actually I don't know why so much store was put into this factor (maybe it wasn't a factor at all of course as far as AV was concerned) because a) we don't know there was any chemistry back then and Kesler's game has changed a lot since coming to the Canucks.
I also imagine the same could be said for David Booth.
The problem as I see it is Booth has not learned to play with his line mates on this team and he seems unwilling to change his style.
We need the second line to be high producers and you won't achieve that if the puck is not circulated. Most of the best lines I have watched know the value of passing and passing early.
For example, watch the last night's Boston game.
I would prefer to see Booth bumped up to first with the Sedins or down to third with Hansen and Pahlsson..............or even 4th if that's what it takes until he gets some team mojo going.
Sedins - Booth
Higgins - Kesler - Burrows/Raymond
Lapierre/Raymond - Pahlsson - Hansen
Ebbett - Manny - Lapierre/Bitz/Kassian/Reinprecht
It may be too late now to try something like this but no one can convince me, the second line will produce with Booth partnering Kesler. If all else fails Booth MUST be told to pass earlier and to get his head up.
Edit Include Burrows/ Raymond/ ........Raymond/Lapierre combinations. Thanks for pointing out my drunken omission.
Edited by Bodee, 06 April 2012 - 10:13 AM.