Re: 2014 Olympic Hockey Schedule/Thread
posted at 2/18/2014 10:31 AM EST
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Don't know about Lucic based on what I've seen. Maybe. If you agree with Grapes that the way to play teams like Finland who play 5 back all game every game is to dump it in and forecheck, then yes, it would surely be fun to watch some of those non-NHL defenseman start thinking about how to make the play without getting creamed by the Fat train. But Fat's biggest weakness is that he goes to sleep if there's not a chance to play physical hockey, and, well.... Also not sure about Richards. That was Cherry's other suggestion - bring pluggers who are used to playing short minutes and making strong contributions. Not sure if Richards meets the criteria, but if you were going with an emotion/crash line, then sure.
Marchand, the way he was playing in December and January, is exactly what Canada could use. Another guy who can break down the box and 1 and get inside. Perry's done it a few times but hasn't been able to finish. And Marchand loves the big stage - though whether his game would be as effective if no one's chasing him is another story.
Hindsight (or high-sight as I originally typed it...which makes me wonder where dez is...): drop Marleau (zzzzz), Sidney's Binky, and...maybe Sharp? Go with a Rat Line of Marchand-Richards-Giroux. I now wish they'd done this just because that would be a great line to watch.
Marleau, sharp, carter are all guys who play similar non inspiring hockey. I like your rat line. Speed skill and rodent. Kunitz is a guy i was ok with bc he plays with sid but Neal is a guy who would have been better. Im still shocked stlouis isnt riding on sids line. The emotion that stlouis brings is what i wanna see. He led the league in scoring last year, doesnt care that its sid and would just play. I think sid, stlouis and bergie would work great.
Lucic to me would at least be an awesome extra guy. The americans have a big physical edge in my eyes. I dont think the americans will run n gun. But they can bring a sandpaper style we dont have. Its fine to dominate down low which our bigger guys can. But whos going to the dark areas out front.
PS i hate the crease rule. Let em battle out there.