Why the Bertuzzi hate? Were his 38 pts. not impressive enough? He's a complimentary piece, with size, soft hands, and ability to cycle down low. Paired with the right linemates he's still a very effective player. Especially considering he's the only forward we have with any size who is strong on the puck and hard to take it away from. How do you justify putting him on a checking line at 38 years old and without good speed to begin with? Might as well not even play him if that's the plan, and presumably replace him with who? A small skilled forward? Sheahan? There's nobody else.
No, considering how he played with Datsyuk or Zetterberg at various points in the season.
If you can't score more than 38 points playing with those players, you shouldn't be on the top two lines. Just means he was dragging those guys back from scoring even more.
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Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Nyquist<br />
Franzen - Filppula - Samuelsson<br />
Brunnstrom - Helm - Bertuzzi<br />
Enforcer - Abdelkader - Tootoo<br />
Kronwall - White<br />
Ericsson - Smith<br />
Quincey - someone <br />
That's what I'd do. Unfortunately, we're still missing a top six forward, and a top four defenseman. Kronwall will have to have a Paul Coffey '95 kind of year. </p></blockquote>
You wouldn't keep Brunner and Z together? Interesting.
I'd load up the top line. Short season and we'll need Pavel and Hank to carry us. Brunnstrom will need to help the third line score. Sammy is useless unless he's on the top 6. I still don't know why Holland signed him honestly.
Of course, these lines will change after a few games. Expect coaches to pull out all kinds of stops in a short season.