At the end of all this Van has to have a productive 2nd line. Kesler and Booth will both have question marks around their performance until they prove otherwise, particularly Booth. It appears the Twins need Burrows more than vice versa. If you bump Kassian to the 3rd then what happens to Hanson? As the Canucks round into shape I am more content with the bottom 6. As well as Raymond has been playing I am still concerned that Raymond-Kesler-Booth never really jelled. It might have been Kesler's health but not sure. What top 6 on the Caps makes sense?
Other than the fact that Minnie looked totally unmotivated the Canucks looked real strong last night. Physically they bordered on intimidating. Offensively all 4 lines were getting chances and the d-core were hitting the net more often. When I look at the Hawks for example I see Van stronger in every department other than top 6. Another question would be whether Van has the luxary of letting Schroeder get his feet wet in a short season on a CUP contending team at 3C? He is playing well but does a Lou deal require a big center for the 3rd line? I am inclined to let him play and continue looking for a top 6 winger for the 2nd line.
I love Schroeder's game.......I think he's here for good. He's able to add an offensive threat to the third line without sacrificing the defensive aspect to a bottom 6 C role. Does Booth now become expendable? Does Higgy? Does Lappy? Does Raymond? IMO, these guys are all guys Washington wouldn't mind having for depth. Can Vancouver survive giving up a good forward without getting one back?
Sedin Sedin Burr
_____ Kes Hansen
Could they afford to do.......
Holtby/Neuvirth, Forsberg and a pick?
Sedin Sedin Burr
? Kes Hansen
Raymond Schroeder Kassian
Higgins Malhotra Lappy
Edited by stawns, 08 February 2013 - 10:48 AM.