netwolf wrote:Steve Sullivan's RH presence on the left side of the ice and James Neal's emergence as a Penguin were the two biggest changes to the Penguin power play. Before they boosted the unit to 5th in the league, the best a Bylsma-run PP had done was 19th, and that was WITH 87 & 71.
If it turns out that Neal was the bigger part of the success, then they should be okay, but if it turns out it was Sullivan's presence not allowing the PKers to ignore half of the rink anymore, they'll struggle again. Letang is the obvious candidate to step up on that side, but I wonder if Niskanen or even Sutter might get a look over there at some point. You can't afford to let things work themselves out in a short season, so I expect we'll see some things you might not normally see.
Sully had a lot to do with it, i dont buy much into the RH shot, but, he was teh main puck carier up the ice to gain entry into the zone, which helped us out a ton, which is why we had success
I really think Sid needs to play that position. I know he likes to play down low and scrap for the pucks etc. Put he is the best passer on the team, he can play this spot way better than sully did. You don't need a booming shoot from teh point you just need to get it on net. Plus with Sids passing ability he'd easily be making deadly one time passes to letang and malkin, plus he'd find neal with those no look passes of his. Plus he'd even try to shot for kunitz and bank it in.
if he really accepted that role and went for it, our PP would be lethal. Plus crosby is quick on his skates and sound enough defensively that we wouldn't get beat alot for SH chances