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Xym, I agree with everything except I'd switch Larkin and Nyquist. I know people don't want to break up that top line, but I honestly don't think it's really that Zetterberg and Larkin have this great chemistry together, they're just that good. Zetterberg and Nyquist do have great chemistry together, and it seems like Nyquist is always at his best on Hank's line. And really, how can you go wrong with Pav and Larkin on the same line?... I completely agree with that third line of Tatar - Sheahan - Jurco, it was money in the past, no reason to think it wouldn't be again. I'm not in love with Pulkkinen, but there's no denying that he has been producing, so it is tough taking him out. But I don't know how he stays in unless he remains on that second line, you bump Richards down in Sheahan's spot and have a forth line of Sheahan - Helm - Glendening... Either way, a ton of depth, not the worst problem to have...
Helm does create a ton of opportunities for himself which is awesome, but what's the good when he rarely capitalizes on all these chances? Abdelkader had at least 5 breakaway opportunities last season and scored on all of them. For a while there it looked like he couldn't miss... There's no question in my mind that Abby is a better finisher, whether that be on a shot or banging in rebounds. I'm a huge fan of Helm, but I think he should remain in the bottom 6 for now, 4th line if it were up to me...
You make a very compelling case for the Larkin/Nyquist switch. I'm on board with it. I think you work Pulk back in after a couple of games when he is chomping at the bit. Helm is definitely 4th line at this point, IMHO. I'm OK with sitting Miller from the fourth line (as Bill jumps with glee. ), as long as his replacement is suited for the fourth line like your option listed for keeping Pulks in. I honestly feel that one of the worst things you can do to a player, especially younger ones, is play them in a role that their game isn't suited for. Jurco on the 4th line under Babcock provides some empirical evidence.
I wouldn't be opposed to a reunion of Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco. They had clicked pretty well earlier. Keep Hank-Abs-Larkin together, Pavel-Richards-Nyquist as the top two lines. Helm is going to be a beast on the fourth line. Let Pulkks sit for a couple of games.
Can NOT play this guy in place of Miller. He's not ready to be a role player lile Miller.
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Jurco should be a forward on a scoring line, not in a grinding, primarily defensive role on the fourth line as has been explained nearly ad infinitum.
Here's hoping Jurco keeps tearing it up and comes back to the Wings with renewed confidence and a healthy back and starts to tear it up in Detroit. Blood on him for doing so well in his conditioning stint.