So after a couple intra-team scrimmages against mostly players with 0 NHL experience people are ready to call him Homer 2.0. This will end really badly if that's what you think he is.
END ME BABY
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Posted 16 September 2013 - 11:36 PM
Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:35 AM
I like Abby, but we might end up using him as a C to start the season with Helm hurt if we get rid of Emmerton. In that case, who knows. I think we would want a high energy/agitator type, defensively responsible to play against opponents' top lines. While that's not necessarily how I'd describe Alfie, I would still consider him. Heck, maybe it's Drew Miller... I just think Cleary would be a mistake on the first line.
I think it really just comes down to whatever Pav and Z want, and they seem to like Abby.
There might be an chance of Emmerton being sent down & having to use Abby at center, but I think that chance is pretty slim. If it does happen though, I would much rather see a healthy Bert on a line with Hank & Pavs over Cleary. At least Bert can go into a corner to retrieve a puck without falling down. I still think that Abby ends up playing the bulk of the season on the top line.
Edit: I think there's a better chance that Franzen gets moved down to the 3rd at some point if he's not producing & someone else (I hope Nyquist or Tatar over Cleary) get an extended look on the 2nd w/ Weiss & Alfie.
Edited by ogreslayer, 17 September 2013 - 07:38 AM.
Posted 17 September 2013 - 11:55 AM
As I've said many times, I'm quite happy with Abs playing on the top line. His skating, forechecking, hitting, and driving to the net created a lot of opportunities for Z and Pav last year that weren't always rewarded on the score sheet. Case in point last night, he's screening the goalie on Almquist's goal, but doesn't get a point.
Sure, he doesn't have Bertuzzi's hands, but if he did he'd be a premier NHL power forward.
Posted 17 September 2013 - 03:19 PM
from what i watched last night he was playing with z and dats. i think he is a better option on that line than cleary. he can at least skate as fast as them
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