FallenHero96 wrote: DelPen wrote:
FallenHero96 wrote:No way I would play Koltsov with Malkin. He just doesn't have the ability to score, and you need someone that can score playing with your best players. Koltsov does lots of solid things, but offense isnt one of them. Keep him on a 3rd or 4th line.
Someone has to play defense and get the puck in the corner on Malkin's line. Right now barring any big signings Koltsov would have the best shot at playing on Malkin's wing. Having three highly skilled guys who won't dig in the corners gets you nowhere.
And the same thing you said about Koltsov was said about Armstrong when he was moved up to Crosby's wing and that turned out more than fine.
Have you watched Malkin play? He is very capable defensively. At this moment I dont know who I would play with Malkin, but Koltsov just does not have the offensive awareness to keep up. Yes Armstrong worked out but guess what, Koltsov isn't Armstrong. Armstrong has at least shown some offensive capabiliity but Koltsov never has. Koltsov has never even scored more than 9 goals on any team in his whole career.
As I said in the LeClair thread - to me there are only 3 suspects for Malkin's line next year (Please, please come over). Surovy, Ouellete and LeClair.
I personally think LeClair is the inside horse, if he is motivated to stay here. He has scored 20 goals without a center for mouch of the season, and while his skating is not great, from what I've seen of Malkin he can use whatever assets his linemates bring.
LeClair's touch around the net is still strong, and Malkin can buy him the time he needs to get there.
Koltsov is just a 3rd, or even 4th liner on a good team. Not that there's anything wrong with that.