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Tailing the Komets

Money Line leads miracle comeback


Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:21am

Blake, if you were the GM, or more imortantly the coach,  would you try to split the line in order to get some balanced scoring.  I suggested that Clarke (before he got hurt) be put between Embach and Szydlowski and move Faille between Pistilli and either Ouellet or Severyn.  Certain bloggers trounced on me for the suggestion. 

This "money" line has been awesome for sure, but we all know it will take more than one line to win.  Maybe if Crowder can come back healthy the problem would be solved.  But who can be sure if his ankle won't act up again?

This isn't a "right" or "wrong" question, just asking for an opinion.

Blake Sebring
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:31am

I would suggest that someone be shot for even considering it. You don't break up a proven thing in hopes of creating something better. Way overanalyzing things. And Joey Leach is under a Fort Wayne contract.

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:37pm

Well thanks for answering, anyway.  Not sure about the "overanalyzing" part.  What was that stat you put in one of your write-ups?  Oh yeah.  Nine of the last twelve goals scored by that line.  Just trying to spread the wealth and make it tougher for other teams to defend.

If that's the kind of thing that gets you "shot", then shoot me quick.

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 6:19pm

I agree there is no way you break up that line! What would you rather have? 9 out of 12 goal from the money line or two out of three goals scored by a new "spare change" line?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:08pm

Hoss, when I first suggested these lines was when Clarke was brought in.  Only because he had success centering for Szydlowski and Embach.  (In fact my menory tells me that was the time, last season, when Szydlowski started scoring).  Faille was gone to Texas, no one knew if he was coming back or not.  The K's needed a center, also someone to match up with both Embach and Szydlowski.  Ironically as Clarke was brought in, both Embach and Szyd were called up.

Sure, no one would want to break up a successful line if things were going good.  (And they are, except that the K's only have one scoring line).  No team can win a championship with only one line doing most of the work.  The reasons are obvious.

My suggestion was to spread out the talent.  My feeling is that Faille makes everyone on the ice better.  A second, effective scoring line could be lethal.

I find the komets are weakened by the fact thay have six right wings (Ouellet, Szydlowski, Pistilli, Rizk, Faille, and Schrock), only two left wings (Embach and Severyn).  They have four centers (Perlini, Lowry, Crowder, and Clarke).  The lines become unbalanced.

The four Lake Erie players  Who/suz relayed to us (from Micheal Franke) were Petryk (c), Meurs (rw), Beaupre (d), and Heard (c) .  I'd take Heard for sure, probably Beaupre also.  But somebody has got to switch to the left wing.

For all this to work, the team needs a healthy Crowder.  The team is also complicated by the fact that there are five veterans.  One has to sit each game...and add to that the fact of the three goaltenders.  And I would keep all three on the roster.

This isn't overanalyzing anything.  It is being realistic in terms of the players and positions they play.  I'm trying to use logic over any emotion, yet I believe that if the Komets are forced to "cut" any player due to the addition of Petryk or Meurs, they have weakened the team even more.

20 + 3.  If you add two more, this is readily doable.  If you add four more, watch out because adding four will make you take four away.  And one will never be in jeopardy so its like slicing five off the list.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:12pm

Quick note to add that although Faille is listed as a RW, he has played Center for most of his hockey career.