Frankly, I'm hesitant to put my hopes completely in Schroeder so soon and have him as the 2nd line center, since he's still an unproven commodity who should not be expected to shoulder the offensive load from his debut. To be safe I think he should start off on the wing before gradually assuming more responsibility (if he shows that he's ready for it).
Dan - Hank - Kassian
(Prime time for Zack Attack!)
Burrows - Higgins - Schroeder
(All three guys can create off the rush pretty well, and they can all play two-way games)
- Lapierre - Hansen
(All three have speed, are strong defensively and like to make plays down low; not sure who I'd want carrying the puck though)
Volpatti - Manny - Weise
(The key player on this line would be Weise, since he showed tonight that he can drive play the other way; the other two are of course more for defensive and physical purposes but with Dale on this line it has the chance to break out occasionally)
If Schroeder's not ready or isn't good enough defensively I'd swap his spot with Hansen's, or Raymond if he's performing; was also considering bumping Weise up to Raymond's spot but I don't think it should be permanent since Raymond's kinda fragile TBH.
Edler - Garrison
(Alex has been one of the few bright spots (along with the Twins, Kass, Burr and Lu); at times Garrison's looked pedestrian but maybe he just needs time to get his legs back? Keep for now)
Hamhuis - Bieksa
(This pairing was so messy tonight, getting tangled behind their own net
; for now I'd keep them together though)
Ballard - Tanev
(Keith actually looks like he's playing harder of late and Tanev's strong defensively for the match-ups he gets)
Edited by g@m3b0i, 21 January 2013 - 01:40 AM.