8 janv. 2023
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I think the bottom 6 is being criticized by a lot of fans, but last night the bigger problem in my eyes was Chad Ruhwedel. One of the goals he screened Jarry, one he got beat wide (he was trying to take the body which was the right play), and on the penalty kill later in the game he was in front of the net not trying to move or stick check anyone. The third was a lucky rebound off of Jarry right onto the stick of the redwing player but Ruhwedel wasn't helping. I was comfortable going into the season with him on the 3rd pair, but after the last few games POJ (he didn't play good last night either) and Chad are NOT a good pairing. We need a legit 3rd pair defenseman for POJ. Whether that's Ludvig, T. Smith, Ouellet, or even Fedun.
I would be okay with White playing on the third line for a short time, but after his extremely underwhelming preseason (in my opinion) he should have a short leash. And also, YES can Sullivan please sit Carter. I don't understand his obsession. Last night with less than 3 minutes left he threw out the 4th line...why?? I get the top 2 lines needed to rest, but if that's the case throw out Eller, Acciari, and Nieto. Or anyone that's not named Jeff Carter.
Carter is not the single player dragging this team down though which is improvement from last year.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Yenzer</b></div><div>One of the things that I love about what Dubas has done is add enough depth to create competition. Seems like people are high on Nylander, but he's going to be pushed by Hinostroza and Johnsson, Poulin, and Zohorna. It will be interesting to see Smith and POJ compete, but I think Butcher is a dark horse to win that spot as well. There's also several guys who might be vying for that top six role while Jake is out. This is all so different from last year.
It will also be interesting to see how the PP shakes out. I for one hope they don't take Rakell off the top unit.</div></div>
Yeah there definitely will be a lot of internal competition for bottom 6 spots. I'm interested to see how Poulin does. I hope he wins the spot, but if not then I hope somebody shows something promising, whether that's just some chemistry or play driving.
And as for the PP situation, I agree. I want them to let Letang run his own PP and put Rakell on PP1. I mean just imagine you're the opposing team fending off Sid, Geno, and EK65 for 1:15-30 then you have to deal with Letang, R. Smith, and Rust or whoever on PP2. PP2 might score more than PP1 just because they get the easier matchups. You could even switch it up and roll out PP2 to start lol and let PP1 clean up the scraps if they don't score. We have a lot of good options when it comes to the PP this year.