Tocchet wrote:Malone isn't effective, period. He's so damn slow -- and it was ridiculously evident last night. There also was one instance where he had the puck, but he couldn't generate any speed so kinda toe-dragged it across the blue line to enter the zone...then couldn't do jack afterwards. He's simply not a top 6 forward on a good NHL team, and the sooner that is acknowledged -- despite the fact that he's a Pittsburgh native -- the better the team will be. Hell, I'd much rather have RJ Umberger than Malone.
Out of those 6, the only one that I know that I'd want around is Hilbert. I've been impressed with him. Surovy is decent, but I'm not sure whether he's top 6 material -- in this organization for now, he'll have to do. Nordgren has been invisible, even when he was getting some ice time. Kolanos is a question mark. Koltsov still can be an effective third-line grinder, but kid has got to score SOMEHOW!
I don't disagree with your characterization of Malone on a good team. Ottawa(#2C) and Toronto (#3C or W) were after him pretty hard at the deadline so he still has some value (Andropov from Toronto, I'm not sure what the Sens offered.) He was OK in 03/04 as a C and his play has been better this season once the W experiment ended.
Right now Crosby is the only player on this team IMO that is a legitimate top 6 F on a good team. Armstrong is having a decent run as his wingman, but I think he is 3rd line material on a better team.