SIU LAW wrote:Defensemen (7)
I'm liking what they can do with the defense as long as Pietrangelo is still here. They could field defensemen with solid offensive skills on three separate pairings - Johnson, Coliacovo, and Pietrangelo. Run out something like this.
Johnson-Jackman - Jackman doesn't have to be the be-everywhere guy like last season which hurts his game. He could concentrate on playing defense. And EJ is apparently more or of a beast than he already was.
Colaiacovo-Polak - Hopefully Polak improves on last season and we already know Colaiacovo is very good at moving the puck.
The problem is who to play with Pietrangelo. Weaver is good due to his instincts and hustle, but his lack of size kills him sometimes. Sydor is old and slow. Wondering how long the Sydor experiment is going to last. I don't see Pietrangelo being sent back to Juniors this time around given that roster.
Now if Murray wants to play 4 d-man more often than 6.... Johnson/Pietro; Colaicovo/Polak - or any combination of those 4... while Jackman/Sydor/Weaver get the lesser ice time. The concern doing that is Pietro moving from Junior play to the NHL and the wear and tear of an 80 game schedule against players as good as him every night as opposed to the 60 game schedule from Juniors.