Downey would NEVER be on the ice with either of the above players. Hard to enforce anything for them from the bench! I'm all for a player who can drop the gloves and defend himself and his teammates but has to be able to play some hockey as well.
Change on the fly...Closest guy to the bench gets off the ice, the "tuff guy" jumps on, and goes after the opponent causing trouble.
I honestly don't see Abby having much of a role as a fighter in the NHL; not that I don't mind his efforts - just that the few I've seen him in he doesn't appear cut out for it.
Giving that ice time to Abbie will be much more effective and beneficial to Abbie and the team... he can skate, likes to hit, will drop the gloves and can add some scoring now and then.
Abby to me seems more or less a bigger version of Cleary.
In my opinion, Abdelkader needs to focus on developing his offensive game. I wouldn't mind seeing him fight here and there, but he's got too much potential to be a career 4th line player. Leave the enforcing to someone else, you know?
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