It's an interesting question; probably a bit...
Schroeder and Raymond don't look the same; not doubt in part because they are not on the ice in the same circumstance.
Goes to an argument I have been posting; do we really have all the right roles when we are all on hands on deck? If Schroeder and Raymond aren't on the ice in offensive situations, do they help us from the 3rd line?
Now QFT; Kesler has been good, Booth also played hard tonight. Them playing the same role Schroeder was before Kess came back did not tip anything in the wrong direction. The Hawks are just better, so are the Blues and Stars, than the NW rivals we were facing when we went on our streak.
I do believe we have to pull a trade, maybe two, to come up to the level of the leagues current big boys!
If there was an argument; I would suggest Burrows made the 2knd line better and who cares if Danny is not scoring if Kassian is? Now, if that had been Kesler, Burrows and Booth playing cleanup in a defensive role; Kassian disturbing the peace and providing a physical presence > I think we still would see substantial free ice for speedsters Schroeder, Raymond and Hansen; what big guy would be left to play against them?
So before a trade; I would also be happy to see Kass get another crack with The Twins.
This team was on a real roll prior to Kesler returning to the line up, i'm just wondering if you guys feel like the reason for the team struggles right now are contributed to Kesler being inserted into the line up and messing up all the good we had going.
I just feel like outside of the powerplay, he tries to do way too much by himself still and you can see how quiet Raymond and Hansen become when they play with him. He still tries to be a one man army and puck hogs.
Kesler back change the entire team mentality into a run and gun, no defense game? Kind of odd how bad our D and goaltending is and how it's switched on a dime.
I thought he would add stability but he seems to have made things worse, no one other than the Sedin line has any sort of chemsistry or offensive pressure.
Edited by Canuck Surfer, 19 February 2013 - 10:21 PM.