Sep 5, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pharrow</b></div><div>He has constantly held his own against high level competition. His play on the international stage has shown he's ready for a larger role. They can't deny that at this point, they been holding him back in wbs for years.
Like I said, they made the mistake with Sundqvist, and that turned out to be awful move for the team. They need to avoid that here. If you watched him last year, you know he's way to talented to be on the 4th line. If you look at their 5v5 stats last year, not only does it not justify a 4 million salary over Blueger, but they are very close to being even. Bluegers stats are a little lower, but he got mostly 4th line minutes last year.
On top of it, he's a much faster player than Jugs. This is a team that want's to play with speed.
You add on top of it the need for cap space and this makes too much sense.
I like Jugs, I think he's a good player. But I think they do more damage holding Blueger back for him. Especially when you got another large body center to play the 4C and Nikita coming into the organization next year who should be given a long look at 4C as well.
You got to improve where you can, and I think this is how you get there.</div></div>
You act like he is this experienced C with 200 games under his belt. Its just not the case. We all want him to be good and be able to play 3rd line, you just don't know yet, he has 28 ****ing games and 5v5CF% of 48.21, not great but not terrible. If he is good enough, he should have above 50% even while playing with and against 4th line comp, thats just a fact, he should be driving play.
So you trade bjug, then inevitably, sid or geno goes down for 10 games. You want Teddy ****ing Bluegar manning your second line with something like less than 50 NHL games. Thats asinine to do something to let that happen just from one injury.
Penguins have success being strong down the middle. Don't thin it anymore than it needs to be.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pharrow</b></div><div>I think the reason people say Sprong will be on Croby's line is that Kessel is on Malkin's right side.
That only leaves 2 two other spots open. 1RW and 3RW. No way he plays on the 4th line. I do see him on the 3RW position personally. Hags or Rust on the LW and Brass at center give him defensive help. He gives that line the offensive burst they need. The thing with Sprong is he needs to shoot the puck. The more he shoots the better he is. So the weakest offensive part of the line up is where a player like that should go.</div></div>
If Sprong shows that he isn't just a mouth breather defensively and that he is more than literally only a "sniper", yanno cycle the puck, play the boards, find the soft areas and crash the nets and find the rebounds. Then will no doubt play with Crosby. And if that happens ill be the first to admit that i was wrong, but the only thing I have ever heard about Sprong, is that he is a sniper, that is it. And how is 1st line, playing with Crosby the weakest Offensive part of the line-up? Assuming that Horny is there, which he will be.
Also, you don't design your line-up around an un-proven winger. You don't force Crosby to play with him just because you think Sprong may be top-6. You give the player that has been the face of the NHL, Penguins and City of Pittsburgh for the last decade, whatever he wants.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pharrow</b></div><div>I like ZAR, he doesn't have the foot speed to play on those top 2 lines. You will see Rust on that 2nd line most likely. the 2LW and 3LW are between Rust and Hags. I think if hags struggles you will see ZAR in the 3LW and Hags on the 4th line..... if not traded out. I think their patients with him is slim at this point. He didn't do much of anything for half the year last year. I don't think they will be ok with that going forward.</div></div>
Agree, Rust and Hags are 2 and 3 LW with Horn 1 RW, Sprong may get decent time with Malkin, not with Crosby. Really blows my mind on here, can anyone name a single defensively inept sniper that Crosby has spent even clcose to signifigant time with...didn't play with Neal, doesn't play with Kessel,won't play with Sprong. ZAR will be the first to get top 9 time when someone is injured. And I think Hags has much more leeway than most realize, he is not expected to score, only by the media, hes a role player and he does his role better than about any other player in the league, forecheck like a manaic and eat up a ridiculous amount of PK time.