tyhee Posted July 14, 2015 Share Posted July 14, 2015 This coming season's roster, so far, looks something like what follows, the important part of my point being the 4th line. Sedin-Sedin-Burrows Baertschi-Bonino-Vrbata Higgins-Horvat-Hansen Prust-Vey-Dorsett (+ Kenins) There could be something different but my point is really that the 4th line is looking like Prust-Vey-Dorsett. Looking at that 4th line and how the players on it did last season at even strength (stats from stats.hockeyanalysis.com except Vey's faceoff % which came from nhl.com): LW Brandon Prust-scored 1.08 pts/60 minutes. GF% 55.8, 9th among the Canadiens forwards with 50+ minutes at even strength. GF%RelTM + 5.3. CF% 45.2, 13th among Canadien forwards. CF%RelTM also 13th, at -2.3. C Linden Vey 1.09 pts/60 minutes, worst among Canuck forwards not named McMillan. GF% 43.3, 13th of 16, and GF%RelTM -6.0, also 13th of 16. CF% 47.8, 10th among 16 Canuck forwards. CF%RelTM -0.9, 12th among Canuck forwards. Faceoff% 42.8, worst among Canuck centres last season. RW Derek Dorsett 1.39 pts/60 minutes, 14th of 16 Canuck forwards who played 50+ extra strength minutes, ahead only of Vey and McMillan. GF% 47.7 which looks bad but was actually 6th among the 16 Canuck forwards playing 50+ minutes; GF%RelTM + 0.9, 5th. Corsi For % 43.0, worst among the 16 Canuck fowards, also worst in CF%RelTM. Now, there are other possibilities for the 4th line. Prust and Higgins could switch lines, for example. A prospect could outplay Vey for the outstanding 4C job. I assume they aren't paying Dorsett and Prust at least $2.5 million each intending that they sit. There could be a different makeup to the lines and some prospect could fit in somewhere. Regardless, there seems a really strong possibility that the 4th line may well be considerably weaker than the others. Will the Canucks roll 4 forward lines this coming season, or will the 4th line, whoever is on it, get restricted minutes? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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