Nyquist might be our trade deadline acquisition. Holland may be wanting to see what Nyquist can do before deciding to pull the trigger on a trade that has us lose some assets. Why this didn't happen earlier is anybody's guess.
Tatar got sent down probably because Nyquist will fill a similar role. Anderson wouldn't get sent down because he's on the 4th line, and Nyquist will probably fill Tatar's presence. I don't think it's a knock on Tatar, but we (unfortunately) can't send down Abdelkader or Cleary or someone like that instead.
They can sit their ass down just like White because they play like s***.
There's no denying that. The problem is Tatar can be sent down without a risk of losing him where as Cleary and Abdelkader cannot. Don't get me wrong, I'd prefer if Tatar wasnt sent down either but it is what it is.
For me, the way I see it shaking out is the lines I posted above, then when Fil comes back he can slot in with Zetterberg - Brunner, which pushes Abs down to the 3rd line.
I think the fact that Babcock shuffled the lines so drmatically against CBJ means we may actually see Nyquist in the top 6. Although Tatar has been great in his call up the last couple of games I felt he really didn't take care of the puck as well as he could have. I think that plays into Babcock's reluctance to put Tatar on Pav's line. Either way, I think Tatar played his way onto this team and it's just a matter of time until he is a permanent fixture. Here's hoping Nuqist excels too.
Abdelkader - Zetterberg - Brunner
Franzen - Datsyuk - Nyquist
Cleary - Andersson - Eaves
Miller - Emmerton - Tootoo
I understand your reasoning. I just wish that applied to everyone on this team and that the guys with seniority were not exempt from that.
Dan Cleary can't skate. He can't shoot. He gets the puck stripped from him.
Everytime he or Abby fumbles a pass from Pav, I want to throw up.
Hawks are looking good. It's not so much thinking about the record streak, it's when you ask yourself who the hell is gonna take these guys down in a 7 game series at this point?? if LA plays like they did last year in the playoffs, that would probably be a WCF and a damn entertaining one. St. Louis was my early pick, but injuries and inconsistent play and goaltending knocked them off that mantle.
I really don't like saying this, but it seems that this team is playing in the right division and the right conference in order to do what they're doing.
I don't think they have this record if they had to play LA/Anaheim/Phoenix more often. Or if they had to play Vancouver more.
They definitely wouldn't have this record if they played in the Atlantic or Northeast divisions.
Most of their games are against teams that can't really come close to matching up skill wise: Nashville can't score, we can't score, St. Louis can't defend or score this year, and Columbus is Columbus. Right place at the right time....
I agree. You'd think Brunner would be enough, but apparently we need to have two or three new, young, stars before people are happy. Honestly I'd rather be winning, regardless of who's playing. And to do that we're going to need veterans to get healthy, and an upgrade on the top defensive pairing. What we definitely don't need is another small(ish) playmaking forward.
Winning is all that matters for sure.
And to your second point, absent of an acquisition, my hope is that once Smith gets back Ian White will move to the 3rd line where he belongs (i.e. where every other team that has had him in the past has played him at). But that is a different argument.
Maybe it's more about him than it is our lineup. Maybe the front office sees something you don't. This is totally new toy syndrome. Because how often do we ever get a player from the AHL and think he could've been better if he were called up sooner? I can't think of any examples. Either the player comes up and is what we thought he'd be, or he's a disappointment in the way that time in the AHL had nothing to do with it.
I think part of it is that this fanbase wants to see more young top talent. Tatar is definitely a start.
The Wings' fanbase wants to see a Jordan Eberle, or a Sean Couturier, etc.
We want to see impactful young guys. Obviously they aren't a dime-a-dozen, but we WANT!
In my limited time observing Nyq, and with my even more limited evaluation skills, it seems to me that Tatar is much harder on the puck than Nyq.
That would be one reason Tatar is up now and Nyq is not.
Another reason could be that Holland & Co. feel like they know what they have in Nyq but needed to see Tatar in action at this level, thinking he could be effective, but wanting to see it. And IMO, has proven more effective due to his agressiveness after the puck.
All that babble being said, I do think Nyq could easily have scored the goals Cleary scored, and a few more that Cleary let go through his skates etc.
Babcock seems to want a good shut down line that also scores with Pavs line, and maybe is afraid Nyq wouldn't be shut down capable.
With your experience watching Nyq, do you think coul be an accurate assessment?
In my opinion, that alone is why Tatar is with the club right now.
He didn't have that in seasons past. He is a hound out there right now. Scrap to go along with his offensive skill.