Larry Goodenough wrote:
dchrist2 wrote:I understand all the calls for Sami on the 1st line powerplay, but am I the only one who remembers when it has been tried in the past and hasn't exactly lit the world on fire? I mean both the Sedins and Sami have been around for awhile, this has been tried before, and if it had worked really well, don't you think they would have kept with it?
I think the bigger concern is you don't want Sami blasting from the point with the Sedins and Kesler sitting in front. Big time risk for an injury with that shot. Let Burrows or Higgins take those shots, they are a little more replaceable. In fact, I seem to remember the last time Sami was on the 1st unit a few years ago he hit someone, and then for the rest of the year couldn't hit the net because he was too scared to hit and injure another one of our top players.
That said, Samuelsson definitely needs to get off the point. I know we were somehow better with him back there last year, but this is a new year and he hasn't shown he can handle it.
Samuelsson took Edler's spot last year on the PP for something like a 40 game sample. The league's top powerplay did score at an even greater clip with him on the point.
I know there's frustration with Samuelsson, but a 40 game sample shows he is a good fit there. A 6 game sample should not prove the opposite. Especially taking into account Kesler was out the first 5 games.
Again, I understand the frustration, but this team became an elite team largely based on patience. I don't see any changes happening anytime soon.
I agree that Samuelsson was good in that spot for parts of last season.
That said, he is clearly lagging out of the gate not just on the power play but basically in every other way as well. The first unit power play is critical to the success of the team and sticking with a guy that is struggling is a major detriment to the teams short term success.
Salo has also had a great deal of success with the Sedins on the power play and he is currently at the top of his game.
I don't mind AV but one criticism that I agree on is how slow he is to make changes. When something isn't working or when a specific player isn't playing well he takes far too long to react.
The Sammy / Salo swap seems blatantly obvious and should have been made prior to last nights game.