wprager wrote:Oglethorpe wrote:First off no team has a great third pairing. Secondly, Zachary Smith certainly has a chance to come close to 20 again, he might not do it but there is a chance. Lastly, how the hell do you know Hoffman is likely to be dealt, Dorion has no track record for you to base this on.Flo The Action wrote:I'm still divided about what we have here. The D is a work in progress and always an injury away from a disaster. Nothing good to look at on the third pairing. The top 6 is getting there but a really big question marks on the left side. the 3rd line is ok but it's likely going to drop off since there is no possible way zach smoth comes close to reproducing his success and we are going to need a replacement for Chiasson that can score in the right
Hoffman is likely getting dealt and I really doubt we will get something back that can help us in the same respect.
So no I'm not sure we have a better team to be honest.
I actually assumed the comment about the third pairing was facetious. The reason your top-pairing guys are supposed to be playing 25+ minutes is so that you don't have to rely on your third-pairing for more than 6-10 minutes, against the other team's worst line. Any team whose biggest issue is to improve their third pairing is probably a Cup contender.
Can you find a team that plays it's third pairing under 10 minutes?