When Adam Larsson plays simple like he did against Ottawa, it's clear he is much more effective in zone then Harrold. He got away with a risky neutral zone pinch but for the most part he played well. Harrold is safer and when your #6 is able to eat some PP minutes, it allows players like Fayne to play more 5 on 5. Both are smart in the offensive zone with almost zero scoring threat. I fear against a speedy team like Florida, Larsson will be exposed in the neutral zone wide...I choose Harrold.
The next question is callups. I think we may see a revolving door on the 4th line with our callups. Gionta had a terrific game against an Ottawa team that, at times, looked like they wanted the Rangers. Gionta was an emergency callup so we still have two more until rosters expand when Albany is eliminated. Taormina is probably a lock to be up giving 8 healthy defensmen. NJ seems to like bring up players who have been playing well of late.
Last 7 games:
Zharkov 2 goals 2 assists, 19 shots
Tedenby 1 goal 3 assists, 18 shots
Zalewski 3 goals 1 assist, 22 shots
I would have to think Zalewski, Taormina, Mills and Harrold will be our 4 callups with Tedenby, Zharkov and Urbom near after.
Who plays on the 4th line? Carter and Bernier are locks, it comes down to Mills Zalewski and Gionta, in the long run I think Zalewski is the best choice and not having to play with Janssen and Boulton, he should do even better in his second stint.
Edited by Jas0nMacIsaac, 08 April 2012 - 11:10 AM.