ace1 wrote:I see what you're saying about big and slow, but he played on the top line in Chicago when they won their first Cup, and it wasn't like he was along for the ride. I believe he scored 11 goals in the playoffs. And like I said in the original post, he doesn't have to play with Crosby all the time, he doesn't even have to always skate as a forward, I just think he brings an element they definitely do not have. Like Bob Errey was saying on the radio yesterday, sometimes, depending on the opponent, it's nice to have a Dave Semenko to skate with Wayne Gretzky.
John Scott? I'm not looking for a goon, necessarily, I want a guy who can at least play the game.
The John Scott comment was a major jab at Byuf. I don't want Scott or any goon, for that matter. I don't think highly of Byuf, and therefore wonder if he'll produce with this team more than a typical big goon would. I realize that's a huge exaggeration.
His ability to play the game is subjective, at best. He can put up points, but that comes from a booming shot on the point and a huge body in front of the net. I'm not sure how much true "skill" he possess. That's okay, though, as he's doing what he needs to do and is producing while doing it. My concern is that, while those skills work fine on a poor Winnipeg team with a lack of talent around him, I'm not overly confident they'll translate to this Penguins team that plays an on-the-fly type of game. It's a quick game that requires quickness and dexterity, as well as an ability to transition from offense to defense and vice versa on a dime. Not sure he can do any of that.
And, while he was successful with the Blackhawks, he also was much smaller and more mobile back then. Since then, he's gained a lot of weight and has lost a few steps from his already slow speed. There was plenty of talk that Brenden Morrow was too slow for this team and there is plenty of talk that Adams is too slow for this team -- and my guess is Byuf would make both look comparatively fast. Whether he's on the first or fourth line -- or anywhere in between -- he's a risky move, especially when taking into consideration his big cap hit that extends two more years beyond this season. If he was a UFA in July, I might be singing a different tune (not likely, but possibly). It's a gamble for Bylsma's system, and I'd rather see someone more capable of playing with the speed required for this system -- while still contributing physicality AND defense.