Re: Opening Day lineups
posted at 1/10/2013 2:25 PM EST
In response to BsLegion's comment:
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
That's what worries me, manny. Need implies they expect him to fill that need, and he might not be ready for that yet. I think you're right, though - he stays with Boston even if he doesn't play every night, and even though it burns an entry level contract year.
I'm thinking more along the lines that Hamilton might excel where Team Canada failed to make an imprint with their d-men but mostly or only on the PP. You mentioned this also after the U.S. game where we saw Hamilton free ready to onetime the puck , off the side wall and back door , the puck never got to him or his teammates were trying to do too much themselves, saw a lot of individualism. Maybe an NHLer (i.e. Bergeron, Seguin , Krejci etc..) gets him the puck on the PP .
Also as you mentioned Julien will make sure 5 on 5 he's kept in check, this is where we'll see how he handles the pressure in his own end. I'm not worried with him gettiing the puck out, it's more when he's battling with an NHL caliber fwd . Also very important whom he's paired with. Nite brings uup a good point, match.
I look at this more like a good problem to have .
p.s. I don't have high expectations ; )
The problem there is that historically CJ makes you prove it in a 5x5 setting before rewarding with PP time (see Seguin, Tyler). Not sure if that would hold true with a DMan, but I think that at least early, if Hamilton doesn't hit the ground running during even strength I wouldn't be surprised to see Peverly on the PP point over the kid.