Draftnik wrote:Gogo's inherent value is his ability to move the puck and jump up on the play as a Dman. If he played F it would be wasting the very thing that makes him valuable.
It would actually make more sense to play Boucher on the wing if needed, because he's a veteran and could still play the point on the powerplay. Plus, he is not overly physical, but he CAN play physical, clog the lanes, and adjust more quickly than a rookie can.
Some players just lack the skill to score (Scuderi) and thus their sole value is to defend and block shots. And, while it would be better for Goligoski to be playing forward than for him to ride the bench, that probably will not happen because Eaton is playing poorly of late, Gonchar is a question mark at best, and at the rate some of those guys block shots, other nagging injuries are bound to occur, and there will be plenty of ice time available for Goligoski AND Boucher.
But if I'm the coach, there's no way I'm taking ice time away from guys like Matt Cooke to put a defenseman at forward. Now Dupuis, there's another story. I'd rather have Boucher on the 4th line and PP specialist than to have Dupuis in there.