bse wrote:Kunitz - Crosby - Dupuis
Jokinen* - Malkin - Neal
Bennett - Sutter - D'Agostini**
Glass*** - Vitale - Adams
* = Bylsma has said that he sees Bennett on the third line. In a long run it might be beneficial for cap reasons, as that likely limits Bennett's personal statistics. However, he might get very sound defensively playing on the third line. Jokinen is ok on a second line in my opinion. Just three years ago he had 30 goals in Carolina. He needs an opportunity.
** = D'Agostini has once scored over 20 goals. Bennett adds some grit to the line. I like the third regardless. It's not as bad as people think.
*** = Glass had a subpar season. I think he will rebound and be a Rupp style of player. remember he had 5+11 in Winnipeg before coming to Pens.
**** = Jeffrey just doesn't fit. He isn't good enough for top-6, and lacks pretty much everything to play in the bottom six. Zach Sill is made for a fourth line role. Jeffrey should be traded for future considerations or a 7th pick.
Scuderi* - Letang
Martin** - Orpik
Despres*** - Bortuzzo
* = After the trade, I think it was Shero, who said Scuderi would play with Letang. It's also the best place for him, as we know Letang is terrible defensively. Now he can be himself, because there's the piece covering his mental lapses.
** = Our best pairing last season. Keep it.
*** = With Bortuzzo or Engelland playing it simple, Despres can be the one making stretch passes as per Dan's system. It also casts him in kind of a leading role, as those other two can not do anything too difficult. Niskanen should be traded for a fourth rounder.
I think that bottom-6 (including that thrid line) is pretty crummy overall. Bennett adds about as much "grit" to the third line as Sutter does. D'Agostini could prove to be a steal...but he could also prove to be an AHL caliber player forced into 3rd line NHL duty all year...which would be uber-crummy.
I also think Bortuzzo and Engellend getting regular minutes is pretty crummy too...and doesn't really do a whole lot to help Despres grow. Sadly, unless Dumoulin/Harrington/Maatta prove they're ready, this is probably pretty close to what we'll see on defense.
They'll get more than a 4th rounder for Niskanen.