My observation is work rate is the single biggest factor in attributing minutes with AV. ie; if Rome works harder than Ballard he gets more minutes? The harder you work, the more minutes and further up the line you play? If Hansen works harder than ???
Its not a bad concept!
Except at times, a better physical talent < sometimes puck possession skills, sometimes 220 lbs of beef that can smash things < can still outperform the hardest worker. And combining talents can offer the most results?
Hey ON; you seem to have stats at your fingertips.
Can u tell us how much ice time, zone starts etc would be relevent for Brendon Saad & Andrew Shaw in Chicago?
Both are on par or younger than Schroeder & Kassian by memory.
But Quenneville seems to have systems were he pairs lines based on physical match ups. Thats been my observation since we saw he noticed that nobody could handle Byfuglien in front of our net. Rookie; aggh what the heck? Saad your 205 lbs and quick, lets have you bash it up for Hossa and Toews. It seems Chicago always runs balanced lines; talent (Toews), size (Hossa) and mucker with speed (Saad). Similar comparisons could be made of Kane/Sharp/Bolland, Staalberg/Shaw/Bickel line (in a 3rd line sense).
I can't help think that Twins/Kass, Booth/Schroeder/Burrows, Raymond/Lapierre/Hanson, Higgin/Ebbet/Weise gives every line a better chance to play two way hockey? Maybe the top line does not score so much, but the other lines all now have a play maker, size and a "glue" guy who wins the puck. And it does not force Kassian or Schroeder to single handed control the play for their line > both are playing with two vets..
Anywhoo; I'm a fan not a hockey coach.Just seems odd that other teams can find roles that rookies can fill. Same could be said in Philly, or LA, Boston had young guys going when we played them...
I think its an issue of the role they are being asked to play?
If folks want a contender, contenders have deep lineups and rookies need to be able to play responsible two way hockey.
Do the RedWings hate rookies? No, they develop them until they are ready.
If folks want to compete for a lottery pick, they can do as the Sabres do and throw their rookies in the top 6, let them get exposed and learn on the job, play losing hockey, and brag about the opportunities they give rookies.
I'll opt for AV's approach.
Edited by Canuck Surfer, 12 March 2013 - 12:16 AM.