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#1 Devils Pride 26

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 01:16 PM

Time to be Debo, give your best guess at lines - or lines you would like to see.

 

I don't really have specifics other than I would like to see Elias and Ryder play together - ala Elias and Sykora a couple years ago. Ryder is younger, faster (marginally) and better than Sykora of two years ago and they play similar games.

 

I'd like to see Zajac and Elias split up, as they seem to be the most steady two way players and our two biggest play drives, IIRC. expanding on that assumption, I guess we would see Jagr on Zajac's flank.

 

Elias XXXX Ryder

YYYY Zajac Jagr

Zurbus ZZZZ AAAA

Carter Gionta Bernier

 

With Lokti, Clowe, Josefson, and Henrique are the players likely to fill the four open spots. Considering Barch and Tedenby scratches.

 

Also, cannot forget Olesz. He seems to be the real wild card to me. 

 

XXXX = Lokti

YYYY = Clowe

ZZZZ - Henrique

 

Now, if Olesz proves to be a reliable player, hopefully he could slide into AAAA and Gionta gets sent down, since he's on a two way deal. Josefson then becomes the fourth line pivot.


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 01:38 PM

My top choice would be VERY Similar to yours:

 

Elias-Henrique-Jagr

Clowe-Zajac-Ryder

Olez-Loki-ZUBZ

Carter-Yayo-Bernier

 

Barch/teds/gionta scratches. Gionta could be very useful as a callup and leader in Albany.

 

I would like to swap loki and henrique and see which combo works better. I know elias and jagr haven't played on the czech team before, but i really don't see why they couldn't work well on a line together. Swapping Jagr and Ryder in these lines works, but I worry about speed with Clowe and Jagr on a line.

 

I expect a TON of mixing lines this year trying to find a dynamic chemistry-rich combination to become a dominant #1 line (ie. A ZZPoPs, EGG and A-lines in the past). It is lots of fun making lines with this group due to almost everyone having the versatility/skill to play up a line or 2.


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 01:51 PM

Elias-Lokti-Ryder

Clowe-Zajac-Zubrus

???-Henrique-Jagr

Carter-JJ-Bernier

 

I guess the third line left wing spot could go to Bernier and/or Carter, leaving a fourth open for Gionta or Olesz. 


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 02:11 PM

Elias-Lokti-Ryder

Clowe-Zajac-Zubrus

???-Henrique-Jagr

Carter-JJ-Bernier

 

I guess the third line left wing spot could go to Bernier and/or Carter, leaving a fourth open for Gionta or Olesz. 

 

 

Jagr isn't going to play on a checking line. He'll be first/second line.


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 02:13 PM

I think you put Jagr with Henrique in the hopes that he can turn him into a top level guy like he did with Giroux.
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 02:20 PM

I'd like to see the following attempted:

 

Elias Loktionov Ryder

Clowe Zajac Henrique

Zubrus Olesz Jagr

Carter Josefson Bernier

 

I know that Olesz isn't listed as a center and I can't even find any data for him on faceoffs, but I really like the idea of that line with the amount of size and cycling ability it could have. 


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 02:22 PM

Here's what I'm hoping for:

 

Elias-Zajac-Ryder

Clowe-Loktionov-Jagr

Henrique-Josefson-Zubrus

Olesz-Carter-Bernier

 

Here's what I expect come opening day:

 

Elias-Zajac-Ryder

Clowe-Henrique-Jagr

Zubrus-Josefson-Bernier

Carter-Gionta-Barch


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 02:23 PM

Jagr isn't going to play on a checking line. He'll be first/second line.

 

At this point in his career, Jagr will play just about whereever you decide to put him. Does he have the talent for first/second line? Yes. Does he have the stamina over the course of the season to play those kinds of minutes game in game out? Probably not. Use his freshest minutes on the powerplay. At even strength he should be feeding a cycle and using his size to wreak havoc.


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 02:30 PM

Here's what I'm hoping for:

 

Elias-Zajac-Ryder

Clowe-Loktionov-Jagr

Henrique-Josefson-Zubrus

Olesz-Carter-Bernier

 

Here's what I expect come opening day:

 

Elias-Zajac-Ryder

Clowe-Henrique-Jagr

Zubrus-Josefson-Bernier

Carter-Gionta-Barch

What you are hoping for is exactly what I'd like to see. You really think Loktionov won't be there opening night though?


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 02:31 PM

My best guess...

 

Elias-Zajac-Jagr

Clowe-Henrique-Ryder

Zubrus-Loktionov-Olesz (Or Tedenby)

Carter-Josefson-Bernier

 

Gionta to Albany

Barch occasionally for physical matchups

Olesz/Tedenby battling for 3rd line duty


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:02 PM

Here's what I'm hoping for:

Elias-Zajac-Ryder
Clowe-Loktionov-Jagr
Henrique-Josefson-Zubrus
Olesz-Carter-Bernier

Here's what I expect come opening day:

Elias-Zajac-Ryder
Clowe-Henrique-Jagr
Zubrus-Josefson-Bernier
Carter-Gionta-Barch


There is no way Loktionov doesn't skate opening day.
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:06 PM

Here's what I'm hoping for:

 

Elias-Zajac-Ryder

Clowe-Loktionov-Jagr

Henrique-Josefson-Zubrus

Olesz-Carter-Bernier

 

Here's what I expect come opening day:

 

Elias-Zajac-Ryder

Clowe-Henrique-Jagr

Zubrus-Josefson-Bernier

Carter-Gionta-Barch

 

So let's play the guessing game: does Tri think Lokti will be moved?  Not make the team?  Injured?

 

I'm going to go with traded, because I don't see a way he doesn't make the team out of camp.


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:43 PM

I think he'll still be here, just a healthy scratch.  They healthy scratched him down the stretch last year and left Henrique at center as much as possible, why shouldn't they do the same thing this year?  The alternative has Josefson starting off the year in the minors.


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 03:47 PM

Henrique-Zajac-Ryder

Elias-Josefson/Zubrus-Jagr

Clowe-Loktionov-Zubrus/Josefson

CBGB/CBOlesz


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:29 PM

Loktionov and Gionta are starting...leaves Josefson man out but so be it

 

Rather than Guess lines... let's group top 6 and what's left

 

Group 1 (always playing)

Elias, Jagr, Zajac, Clowe, Ryder, Zubrus 

 

Group 2

Carter, Henrique, Bernier, Gionta

 

Group 3

Josefson, Olesz, Loktionov

 

Bottom Feeders

Barch, Janssen

 

Your scratches will come from Group 3. This team will play as 2 different teams.. one where Jagr is playing (assume 50-60 games) and where he is not

As a result we will see 2 different sets of forward lines depending on that


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:38 PM

my guess on opening night

 

elias-zajac-ryder

clowe-loktionov-jagr

henrique-josefson-zubrus

olesz-carter-bernier

gionta/barch

 

tedenby gets traded for a 4th round pick somewhere.


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:09 PM

Line predictions....my favorite game. I still think a trade is coming, but with the roster we have now I see the lines looking like this:

 

Elias-Zajac-Ryder

Henrique-Josefson-Jagr

Clowe-Loktionov-Zubrus

Carter-Gionta-Bernier

 

Extra:Barch/Olesz


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:38 PM

My guess.

Elias - Zajac - Ryder
Clowe - Henrique - Jagr
Olesz - Loktionov - Zubrus
Carter - Josefson - Bernier
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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:58 PM

my guess on opening night

 

elias-zajac-ryder

clowe-loktionov-jagr

henrique-josefson-zubrus

olesz-carter-bernier

gionta/barch

 

tedenby gets traded for a 4th round pick somewhere.

That is exactly what I would like to see happen.


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 06:30 PM

How about this, just for fun.....

 

Henrique-Zajac-Ryder

Zubrus-Elias-Jagr

Clowe-Loktionov-Olesz

Carter-Gionta-Bernier

 

Extra: Josefson, Barch

 

That second line seems like it would have such great chemisty, great combination of size, skill and work ethic.......same thing goes all four lines, but that second line :dizzy:

 

My only problem with this lineup is having two lefty shots playing RW, I'm not a fan and I don't think Deboer is either.


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