Couple of things in response to the direction your response took. 1) You seem to have taken my post to be some sort of defense of Mitts. It wasn’t. Not really sure how it could be with me posting “there is PLENTY to be disappointed about Mitts this year”. He certainly hasn’t lived up to expectations at all. 2) I’m calling out the idea that Mitts was expected to be a top 6 center. He wasn’t. How Housley prefers to deploy the lines in his system explains this. *** later in post*** 3) Sam’s role/usage at center to start last season is the exact manner Mitts has been used this year. Offensively skewed minutes (roughly 70% OZS%) as the the bottom 6 secondary scoring line center. *** Housley’s prefered line deployment*** Top 6 - a line with offensively skewed usage - a line with defensively skewed usage. Bottom 6 -a line with an offensively skewed usage - a line with a defensively skewed usage Last year that is exactly how the season started Jack’s line with an offensively skewed usage ROR’s line defensive Sam’s line offensive Josefson’s line defensive Once they gave up on Sam at center combined with Josefson constantly being injured. We had a hodgepodge of bottom 6 centers getting a crack at 3rd and 4th line center (including Josefson when healthy). But the basic usage held. Because the bottom 6 lines sucked so bad at their respective roles/usage Jack and ROR were leaned on heavily in minutes played in their respective roles. This year we’ve have had the exact same deployment with Jack’s line offensive usage Sobotka (Erod/Berglund) -defensively skewed usage Mitts -offensively skewed usage Larsson - defensively skewed usage. The lines that have the most direct impact on another’s ice time in Housley’s set up are the top 6 and bottom 6 lines that have the same role/usage. Because we had no effective bottom 6 lines last year it led to Jack and ROR playing as much as they did. Jack still doesn’t have an effective supporting secondary scoring line because of how poorly Mitts has played. It’s why Jack plays same amount at ES this year as he did last year (15:37 last year/15:36 this year). The top 6 defensive line (Sobotka now) actually has a strong compliment in the Larsson line. Thus their respective ice times have come closer and closer to each other. At the start of the year it was the top 6 defensive center getting 13:30-14mins at ES a night and Larsson at around 10. That gap has steadily closed as the season progressed and the Larsson line has played so well. To the point that there is roughly a 1min deference in their season averages. All of the above matters in the context of Mitts and his role. He was never going to center either of our top 6 lines (offensive or defensive). We don’t use two top 6 offensive lines and I don’t see Housley changing the basic foundation of his line deployment (he is very stubborn). What Mitts playing well could have provided (aside from much needed offense) was give Jack a little drop in ES minutes. But thats hasn’t happened. Instead Jack went back up to his season average from last year (15:36). I feel quite comfortable saying an effective 4th line like we have this year would have taken some of the ES minute burden off of ROR.