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In Topic: 11/28 GDT - Red Wings @ Devils - 7:00 PM EST

Today, 12:04 PM

Zombo, he scored in his one game that he has played in that role so far, that doesn't necessarily mean he will be "scoring".

 


Jurco is starting to heat up, which is a great time to get him on a scoring line with Datsyuk and Tatar.

 

If he's scoring, I don't care where he plays. That's the bottom line for me.

 

I know the 4th line is supposed to grind, be physical, fight, and be hard to play against. But IMO that's a pre-cap notion when you could load up the top six.This team does not have a bonafide, dominant top line. They need balanced scoring from everywhere. All four lines need to chip in. I'd like to give Jurco a few more games to cash in on the chaos Glendenning creates around the net. Lord knows those truck hands of Luke's aren't going to score on their own.

 

Anyway, you and I usually agree most times and I think we're both fans of the Jurco. Ultimately I see him as a top six winger like you do (I think a future line of Jurco - Sheahan - Mantha would be nassssssssssty). We just have different wishes for how he should be used at this exact moment.


In Topic: 11/28 GDT - Red Wings @ Devils - 7:00 PM EST

Today, 11:31 AM

Zombo, he scored in his one game that he has played in that role so far, that doesn't necessarily mean he will be "scoring". Our forth line, like any forth line, is expected to grind down the other team, be hard on the forecheck and just keep the puck out of our net. How much scoring is Jurco realistically going to do on a line with Glendening and Miller? Regardless, I don't see Babcock keeping him down there much longer, and for good reason. It's not his game, he should not be put in that role... Also, I absolutely think he needs more time in the minors, but I seem to be alone in thinking that, aside from one or two others on here...


Joe, he absolutely gets ice time playing on the forth line but how much success can he be expected to have playing with Glendening and Miller?

 

But you'd have to be crazy to think that a Jurco 4th won't score way more than an Andersson 4th. Right?

 

I agree with joeseffP. Jurco needs to get back to skating and banging, two things he excelled at last year. Keeping him on the 4th line with two hardworking grinders is an interseing way to do this. Let him not worry about scoring and get him physicaly engaged. I bet it does wonders for his hands and his overall confidence.

 

I know you want him playing big minutes in GRs but, IMO, this team needs Jurco in the line-up now, whether it's on the first line of the 4th. Not in GRs.


In Topic: 11/28 GDT - Red Wings @ Devils - 7:00 PM EST

Today, 10:39 AM

Barnes, I'm not sure if that was in response to me, but I never said anything about Tatar - Sheahan - Jurco being our second line... Rolling 3 lines (I'd even go as far as to say 4) is the definition of depth up front, so which one of my top 3 lines isn't a capable line? I agree that Jurco probably isn't ready for a top 6 role in the NHL yet, which is why I've been advocating sending him back down to Grand Rapids for some more seasoning. I've been saying that since before this season even started. I disagree that he should be playing on the 4th line in a grinding role in the NHL.

 

Is he really grinding if he's scoring?

 

I be reluctant to send Jurco to GRs and I don't think he needs to play in the top six to justify his place on the team. Jurco's an important guy when he's playing well. This team gets smaller and slower when he's not in the line-up.


In Topic: Why is Kindl not playing?

Yesterday, 11:54 AM

 

I disagree there. He is right around 20 pts a season average. Thats not good when your supposed to be an offensive defensive. When you can put up 40+ pts a season as a dman being weak defensively can be overlooked. 20 pts no way. Plain and simple hes just not a good NHL D-man. Like I said in my previous post for where he was drafted he was a major bust.

 

Not defending Kindl, but you have to look at the system they play and who the coach is. Look at Smith's numbers. 19 pts last year.

 

It's hard to argue against Babcock as a coach because he's getting pretty good results so far this year, but it's obvious that the only two defencemen on this team that are consistently "allowed" to be offensive-minded are Kronwall and DeKeyser.

 

If Kindl played for Tampa, for example, I bet he gets 30 points.


In Topic: 11/26 GDT : Philadelphia Flyers 2 at Red Wings 5

Yesterday, 10:30 AM

Jurco was also terrific last night. I thought his best outing of the season and he has five points in five games now. 

 

Admittedly, I didn't originally like the idea of Jurco with Glendening and Miller, but he seemed to feed off their energy. 

 

Jurco was great on that line. He's a big-body who skates waaaay better than Andersson and instantly make that line a threat to score.