Lineup Shuffle

Discussion in 'Toronto Maple Leafs' started by znkhan, Feb 11, 2019 at 12:57 PM.

  1. Rare Jewel

    Rare Jewel Patience

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    Then who is the most like Hyman? Find him, put him and Nylander with Matthews.
     
  2. JT AM da real deal

    JT AM da real deal Registered User

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    Marleau killed the Kadri line. As soon as he went off of it the line started producing.
     
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  3. Rare Jewel

    Rare Jewel Patience

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    Ok, that may have been. But since he's been a Leaf going back to last season, Kadri is the one he has worked the best with.
     
  4. JT AM da real deal

    JT AM da real deal Registered User

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    That was last season but this year he has been terrible with Kadri
    They are not a good fit anymore
    Kadri needs someone who can forecheck and get pucks which Marleau could do last year
     
  5. Rare Jewel

    Rare Jewel Patience

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    Then put any of Johnsson, Kapanen or Brown on the other side.

    They can't have Matthews' line being as inconsistent as they've been since being put together.
     
  6. Not My Tempo

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    The stats say Marleau has killed every line he’s been on this year. In the ideal world he’d be on the fourth line but I know that’s not realistic. I don’t think there’s a single NHL coach, for better or worse, that would put Marleau on the 4th line.
     
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    I agree with Nylander back with Matthew's. Kadri line has been good, but Matthew's has been a negative player for the last couple weeks.

    With him on I think we'll be at another level. Helps Kapanen has been good with Kadri as well.

    Marleau-Matthews-Nylander
    Hyman-JT-Marner
    Johnsson-Kadri-Kapanen
    Brown-Lindholm-Ennis

    The LW's can alternate during games, but I'd stick with top 3 lines otherwise.
     
  8. SHANNYPLAN

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    Kapanen - Matthews - Nylander
    Hyman - - - Tavares - - - Marner
    Johnsson - - - Kadri - - - Brown
    Marleau - - - Gauthier - - Ennis

    Muzzin - - - Rielly
    Gardiner - Zaitsev
    Dermott - Hainsey

    While I cannot stand the Gardiner/Zaitsev pair, I think it would be in the teams long term best interest to allow Rielly and Muzzin to Gel, and allow Hainsey to mentor Dermott.

    Matthews, Tavares, Kadri and Marleau are the designated snipers

    Nylander, Marner, Johnsson and Ennis the playmakers (all of them can score as well)

    Kapanen, Hyman, Brown and Gauthier are the designated worker bees. With Kapanen being able to contribute offensively
     
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    All I know is we win yesterday if Nylander had Matthews to pass to.

    Give Kadri's 10 mediocre shot attempts to Matthews and Matthews gets a hat trick.
     
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  10. dsred

    dsred Babcock Gonna Babcock, Dubas gonna Dubas.

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    You might be on to something here.
     
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    Marleau's play warrants a few games in the press box but that will never happen even if he kills lines and sinks the team.
     
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    Lots of chatter out there about Ferland, I think he’d be a great pickup. He’s expiring, wonder if we can get him for something like Brown + 2nd? If so:

    Ferland - Matthews - Nylander
    Hyman - JT - Marner
    AJ - Naz - Kapanen
    Marleau - Goat - Lindholm

    That’d give us a killer top 9, and still a very good 4th line. Ferland would walk in the offseason (no $$ to retain him), but he could be a great rental, think he’d look real nice with Matthews and Nylander.
     
  13. LeafsOHLRangers98

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    Ideally:

    Johnsson-Matthews-Nylander
    Moore-Tavares-Marner
    Hyman-Kadri-Kapanen
    Marleau-Gauthier-Brown
    Ennis/Lindholm

    -Love Hyman but his primary point rate is attrocious for the line he plays on. He works hard but I think Moore works just as hard in the corners and has a much higher skill set. This would give us two top heavy lines like Tampa and the bottom 6 should still be able to produce nicely.

    *I know this would never happen with Babs running the team though. Loves Hyman, Marleau, and Brown way too much.
     
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    How can Babcock watch the supposed #2 player in the league having no results game after game and not realize Marleau is killing that line?
     
  15. CantLoseWithMatthews

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    Hyman-Tavares-Marner: our best, most consistent line
    Johnsson-Matthews-Nylander: Matthews and Nylander have great chemistry, and Johnsson is a perfect fit with them
    Moore-Kadri-Kapanen: two fast and high intensity wingers for Kadri to create havoc against other 3rd lines
    Marleau-Gauthier-Brown: solid 4th line, should be able to outplay other 4th liners
    -can switch Marleau and Moore if Moore doesn't seem like he can handle 3rd line competition yet

    Muzzin-Rielly
    Gardiner-Hainsey
    Dermott-Zaitsev
     
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  16. dsred

    dsred Babcock Gonna Babcock, Dubas gonna Dubas.

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    Because...........................

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    My concern about having Johnsson with Matthews and Nylander is that no one would go into the corners and they would be exposed on D. Man would it be great to get a rental like Wayne Simmonds to do that Job with Matthews.
     
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    I would bet my life that line would generate more puck possession than the current one with Marleau despite having nobody to "go into corners" (good god people just run away with this). Take a look at a lot of Nylander and Johnsson's latest points/goals, they're beating defenders to the puck, getting body position and making plays. In fact Nylander seems to be winning a hell of a lot more puck battles than Marleau lately.
     
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    I've been repeatedly told that he's a Malkin-level talent. That level of talent shouldn't be that limited by Marleau.

    How bout it's time we see some Malkin-level results since he's being paid and touted like one.
     
  20. LeafsOHLRangers98

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    The impact of having a grinder on these lines is greatly exaggerated because Tavares/Marner are so deadly.

    I don't care if you hit a guy, just get the puck, keep it in your possession, and score. If you strip a guy with a stick check it's just as good. You can't get exposed on D if you always have the puck.

    Johnsson-Matthews-Nylander would be deadly if given the proper chance.
     
  21. Black and Blue

    Black and Blue Armchair GM

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    Great players make the others around them better. Matthews been floating like a poor mans nylander
     
  22. Erdinger

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    Marleau is the ultimate Babcock player. A plug who is a hall of famer
     
  23. Maple Leafs

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    the ultimate Babcock player is a skilled 2-way center. :thumbu:
     
  24. kb

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    (Looks at the current 3rd line numbers) Huh?
     
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    He can't stay healthy. He is out again.
     

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