I completely disagree. I think those are two very impressive PP units. The top unit has been streaky with its production, but it has shown when it's on it can score like the best of'em. That second might get a little predictable seeing as it's sole obvious objective is point shots, but those are two of the best in the game at it so I'm still confident.
Also, to compare these to the ones last year is just being ignorant to the facts. Elias and Parise are both on pace to have 30+ more points than last year, Zajaac was in his sophmore slump and langenbrunner couldn't hit a soccer net with his shot. and then with the second unit (what we had of it) Gionta, well, see parise, elias, and langenbrunner for all of gio's problems last year, and Zubrus had zero confidence. We also had a vastly underachieving Greene and until late in the season the same for Oduya, plus the key part of that unit wasn't even on the team (Rolston and Shanny's shots). So to argue that those lines aren't among the elite 1-2 punches as far as PP goes is just dumb.
Those are just intangible arguments. Player X has this going for him this year, or Player Y is no longer injured or Player Z is on pace for this, none of those actually matter when it comes to results. Despite all the things you listed, the Devils power play is mediocre and now we have a slight modification.
Bottom line is, it doesn't
produce like a a team with two great pp units. If the argument is that it looks good on paper, well ok I still wouldn't agree but I wouldn't bother commenting on it either. In practice though, where it counts, the Devil's power play is inept and will now be slightly less inept. All we have added in the last few days is Shanny, a good thing for sure, but he hardly tips us onto the "elite 1-2 punch" as you put it.
Edited by squishyx, 15 January 2009 - 02:48 PM.