Re: The third line
posted at 9/13/2013 4:58 PM EDT
In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:
And it has arrived, the first "3rd line" thread of the year. It would be nice to just keep one but it wont happen.
I think Fraser has the most talent to pop 20 goals on the 3rd line Caron has the inside track and probably gets a 20 game look. Would love to see Smith get some time on the 4th over Thornton. This is Shawn's last year let him watch some games for a change.
Chiarelli has been the most vocal he has ever been about the prospects than in the past.
Totally agree, SD - this has the potential to be as big a thread as the old Toronto Record Tracker...though I guess we should be hoping no? I mean, if they come out of the gate with a combination that is fantastic, they'll just stay together all year....
I hope to see enough of Fraser to agree with you. At very least, I'm hoping to see him score like a rooster in a hen house if he goes to Providence. And yes, I'd like to see them create more opportunities to acclimate the prospects by dropping the clown's game count.
When I look at the lines they're running across the two groups, it looks like this to me:
Group 2: First line, Third line candidates, Fourth line, Providence First/Second line candidates, Providence Third/Fourth Line.
Group 1: Second line, Third line candidates, Providence First/Second line candidates, Providence First/Second line candidates, Providence Third/Fourth Liners.
If I'm right, that means there are six guys vying for that Boston third line, and two of them are Kelly and Soderberg. Look at the other guys - Fraser, Smith, and Caron would have to be at the top of the list going into camp in terms of the organization's commitment to having them play in Boston this year, and Cunningham ('Dog assures me) has earned a serious look. I think that's the group you can expect to see time on the third line unless someone else goes ape.
It also means that 1st/2nd line group in Providence is massively overpopulated with three of these guys dropping down and joining the three full lines of guys already competing for top six roles. Add Spooner to those three and you're left with two spots for the other 8 players who want to lay claim to an offensive role. Camper will get one of those spots, I would think. I'm guessing Griffith ends up back in London as an over-ager if he doesn't seriously out-perform the competition - just because he'll play there. So Camara, Lindblad, Florek, Khokhlachev, and Knight will all be fighting for that one spot. If Khokhlachev doesn't get it, it could be tough for him.
Weird that the Bruins almost have too many prospects you can be realistically hopeful about.