Potatoe1 wrote:No easy answer to this one. Moving a selke winner like Kesler to the wing seems foolish, and our 3rd line is used in such a defensive roll that moving Manny doesn't make much sense either.
As for Cody moving to the wing, over the long term that is probably the answer but it will be a challenge in the short term.
People consistently site his slow foot speed as his biggest weakness but right now it isn't. His biggest current weakness is his strength along the wall and the fact he wins very few board battles. Moving him to the wing will only exacerbate things.
He is finally starting to look comfortable at this level and putting him in a position that is less conducive to his success could undo the progress he has made.
Then again it could be perfectly fine.
Or then again management could just take the easy way out and send him down or stick him on the 4th line again.
Yeah it's a tough call one way or the other.
I guess at least this time Cody would have an NHL calibre linemate on the fourth line in Lapierre (who I believe played the wing in Montreal from time to time).
Manny also has experience on the wing, and perhaps an opportunity to let Hodgson play a defensive role is something that appeals to AV (certainly moving from the fourth to the third line is something he would probably prefer to do with a young player like CH).
But I do think Hodgson could play wing on the second line; he has not been great along the boards but Ryan Kesler is and if either Sammy picks up his game or they move Higgins up then the line would still have two effective forecheckers to protect Hodgson.
Frankly none of the wingers have impressed much at this early juncture and we don't have the scoring depth to drop an offensive talent like Silent G all the way to the bottom of the lineup.... but you're right that there isn't an easy answer. Of course if Hodgson can't keep up this level of play then the answer will get a lot easier, if not more appealing.