I'm not a big fan of Kesler on the top unit with Cody gone. Leaves a big hole with the second unit.
- 1st Unit
- D. Sedin - H. Sedin - C. Higgins
- A. Edler - K. Bieksa
- 2nd Unit
- D. Booth - R. Kesler - A. Burrows
- M. Raymond - S. Salo
Higgins is a hard worker, gets to the hard areas, and is great at the cycle game. I think he'd work well w/ the twins on the PP, although he's not the best at screening the goalie (tends to move to the side), so he'd need to work on that part of his game, but I don't think it would be a huge problem for him.
For the second unit, it needs someone who's a playmaker. Unfortunately, after Henrik and Daniel, our next best guy in this regard is Burrows, so he goes to the second unit despite being less than ideal in that regard. Booth and Kesler both have solid shots and go hard to the net, Salo has a bomb that needs to be respected, and I've always like Raymond on the point. His speed and ability to protect the puck breaks down the box and opens up lanes, not to mention you have 4 excellent skaters on that unit, so zone entries should be easier.