The reservation I have with moving Kesler to a line with an already productive center is we're reducing how effective we can be on faceoffs. Kesler is our top center in that regard, and Hank isn't exactly bad, so having them share the role wouldn't be as useful as having them on separate lines.
It also has the effect of putting a less effective faceoff man in Schroeder on the 2nd line. I like a lot of what he does but faceoffs haven't been his strong suit so far and we'd need our 2nd line to share a lot of minutes with the 1st to help balance the offensive workload. Having Schroeder on Kesler's wing is something I don't mind since he is a good playmaker and it'd allow Kesler's faceoff strengths to shine as well.
As far as the 3rd, we'll have to see who else is reliable enough not only on faceoffs but in open play to stick. They'll also have to find chemistry with at least Hansen, who's a lock for 3rd line RW, but also one of Higgins or possibly Booth. We'll have to see what happens in camp, if one of Schroeder, Gaunce, Horvat or Richardson really steps up and grabs the spot. The 4th can easily be decided from there with what we have left.
I hope we get to see at least a couple games, pre-season or otherwise, with something along these lines.
Sedin, Sedin, Kassian
Booth, Schroeder, Kesler (Kes still taking draws)
Burrows, Gaunce/Richardson/Horvat, Hansen
Kassian and Burrow can swap if Kass is not looking ready.
That second line is FAST and finally has someone to get Kes/Booth the puck (passing is one of Jordan's better strengths IMO). Kes still takes draws (one of his better strengths).
Burrows and Hansen are EXCEEDINGLY good checkers and could fill in with timely offense with whichever C earns that spot.
Higgins on the 4th mean we can actually roll four lines.
Not saying that's going to be the 82 gane season lineup as it's a stretch that Jordan's ready for 2nd line responsibility.... but I'd LOVE to see it for at least a couple games as it really puts guys in positions of strength IMO. To me that's just one hella balanced lineup if guys show they're ready.
Edited by J.R., 17 July 2013 - 11:48 AM.