Your fourth line needs to be cheap, and defensively responsible enough that if they get caught out against the oppositions first line its not automatically a goal. Which were on the road half the time so its not like we have the luxury of full time last change.
bringing in all our rookies at one time there will be rookie mistakes, and even if they score all those goals they're going to price themselves out of the organization then we'll be back to where we started.
Think this through.
Drew Miller may not make our fourth line"dangerous," but there's a reason these kind of guys are on every NHL team in the league.
Aa scored on goal here, and if he's down in grand rapids being leaned on to be one of the main guys, he's going to develop into more than just a fast fourth liner.
I agree with Bill B on this topic. You need offensive contribution from your 4th line. If they are not contributing offensively, they should go. I would rather the 4th line be full of young, low cap-hit guys who can potentially contribute offensively than so called "defensive specialists." There are guys who can be responsible defensively and also be able to score on a breakaway. That can be the difference between winning and losing. Miller blew a break away in Game 7 against Tampa. AA can score and should be up here replacing one of these guys who don't even have a goal at this point in the season
A dangerous 4th line offensively can create mismatch nightmares for opposing coaches. We have an abundance of forwards. We are a low scoring team (right now). We need a more even offensive punch from our4 lines.
We have helm on our fourth line right now, he's had three or four breakaways in the last two games, but he can't score on em.
Do you want athanasiou to become helm, or do you want to let his hands develop along with his feet.
I'm a huge aa supporter, most know this.
But if he turns out to be Darren helm 2.0 I'm gonna be disappointed. And so should you.