Idoit40fans wrote:sil wrote:RisslingsMissingTeeth wrote:columbia wrote:Dupuis-Crosby-Iginla
Cooke - don't - care
That may be the worst 3rd line in the history of hockey. None of those guys possess any speed at all and it would be your shut-down cycling line?
Hmm. Interesting to see such drastic difference of opinions, because that third line, to me, would be about as good as we could hope for.
I don't think of shut-down and cycling as the same thing. Cycling is an offensive mindset. "shut-down" is a defensive mindset.
I get what you're saying but I look at the way Staal-Kennedy-Cooke worked the past several years. Use your speed to cause havoc and then play keep-away. Last year they could cycle a puck for an insane amount of time and the offensive weapons never had a chance to tee it up, hence they shut them down. I think your 4th line, which is typically a checking line also, by default, becomes a shut down line. You need one line that plays keep away and is excellent at harassment. Dupuis worked very well in that role when he came here. Speed and puck-possession are the biggest weapons on the 3rd line.