pcm wrote:Isn't Kobesaw auditioning for a 3rd line spot... he should be playing with Sutter-D"Agostini then. And yes, not seeing Bennett with Sid is mind-boggling. I'm boggled I tell ya.
Kobasew is getting a long look to see if he'll be serviceable on this team. Part of his worth might be whether or not he can plug into the top 6 in case of injury. They know he can play bottom 6 already! By finding out if he can plug into the top 6, it increases his worth and they need to know this.
If Kobasew completely flops in the top 6 and shows he can't keep up, it decreases his value to strictly a bottom 6 guy, which we already have many of. This is what pre season games are for, to decipher a player's worth to the team in different roles.
They already know Bennett can play top 6 with Geno and Neal most likely, and they know that Crosby will be playing with Dupuis and Kunitz no matter what, so why would everyone get their panties in a bunch over Bennett not skating with him?
I don't give Bylsma a ton of props, but it's a smart move by him tonight.