First of all, keep Ebbett away from the roster. Get a new 13th forward.
Next he really needs to do his homework when it comes to setting his lines; he'll have to work with what he's got in terms of roster guys, so he should really put together guys whose skills would work together (e.g. play-making Schroeder - shooter Booth --> if Jordan's ready that is, if not I wouldn't mind Goc/ Bozak) and when he's set on his lines, KEEP them that way
. I mean, he kept shuffling Raymond, Higgins and Hansen in different combos and spots, and so any chemistry that may have been developing would've been broken as quickly as that line was assembled.
I'd also keep Hansen
, Kassian and occasionally Ballard on the power play
. It's a good sign that Jannik's offensive numbers are up to around Top 6 numbers, so I'd say let him keep getting time with the extra man. Two reasons: he passes the puck
and he can get back quickly in case of mistakes, on top of joining the scrum for pucks in front or in the corners. He also set up Garry's bomb
in last night's game; in turn, Garry needs more opportunities to use that shot, esp. when the point-men are close to each other. Kass needs PP time
, he can do well in front of the net
, and so he should be planted there in front of the goalie for screens and tips. Ballard should get puck-moving time on the PP to prove his worth
(or if that doesn't work try Barker).
I'd also try to acquire a play-making 3rd line center
(Goc/ Bozak/ call Schroeder?); would rather see Lapierre back on the 4th
. Nothing against his offensive abilities, just think that he's much better than softies Schroeder and Ebbett in that position.
With Kes out I'd like to see a power play like this (with Booth rotating in occasionally on the 2nd unit):
Dan – Hank – Kassian
Hamhuis – Edler
Hansen – Higgins – Raymond
Garrison – Bieksa
Just put the best team formations forward and stick with them.
Edited by g@m3b0i, 13 March 2013 - 06:54 PM.