Unusual Lines You'd Like To See

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  1. AustonMitchWilly

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    Title says it all.

    I'd like to see the lineup like this one night. I wouldnt call them first/second/third lines by any means.


    Clarkson-Kadri-Kessel
    Lupul-Bolland-Raymond
    JVR-Bozak-Kulemin
    Bodie-McClement<->Smithson
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    Dion-Reilly
    Gunnar-Franson
    Ranger-Gardiner
    Fraser-Liles
     
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    Wouldn't mind seeing how Kulemin - Kadri - Kessel line would look.


    Or maybe a Dion Phaneuf - James Reimer defensive pairing :sarcasm:
     
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    Phaneuf - Reimer - Kessel
    Orr - Gardiner - Clarkson
    Lupul - McClement - Fraser
    JVR - Bolland - McClaren

    Kadri - Rielly
    Liles - Bernier
    Kulemin - Franson

    Gunnarsson
    Raymond
     
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    Nonis - Carlyle - Fletcher
    Brian Papineau - Kadri - Dave Farrish
    Goal Scorer Announcer - Bernier - Ashtons Nose
    Reimer - Reilly - Gardiner

    Orr - Mclaren
    Raymond without equipment - Clarkson
    Bolland - JVR

    Phanuef
    Claude Loiselle

    Kessel as Equipment Manager
     
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    In all honesty

    Raymond - JVR - Kessel
    Lupul - Kadri - Clarkson
    Bolland - Bozak - Kulemin
    McClement - Smithson - Ashton
    Extras = punchers
     
  6. Peasy

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    Why no Barb Underhill on your line ups?
     
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    None of these are that unusual. I am very curious to see how a Kulemin - Kadri - Kessel line would work.

    Kulemin - Kadri - Kessel
    Van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Lupul
    Raymond - Bolland - Clarkson
    D'Amigo - McClement - Ashton

    Phaneuf - Rielly
    Gunnarsson - Franson
    Gardiner - Fraser
     
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    A Kulemin - Kadri - Kessel line may actually be pretty good. Two very skilled guys who can snipe and make plays and a grinder/defensively responsible guy with a big body and not exactly a slouch offensively. Unfortunately, it would be known as the KKK line which would be offensive in a negative way.
     
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    If we're keeping JVR at centre for now, then Clarkson - JVR - Kessel is intriguing.

    Clarkson's board work could benefit those two a great deal. His speed isn't nearly up to par but nobody can really keep up with JVR - Kessel :laugh:
     
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    I'd love to see Lupul at #1 center. I think he has the overall game, if given to him, to excel at that position.

    Also think the big four offensive players (Lupul Kessel JVR Kadri) need to be split into pairs.

    Raymond-Lupul-Kessel
    JVR-Kadri-Kulemin
    Leivo-Bolland-Clarkson
    McClement-Bozak-Orr

    Phaneuf-Gunnarson
    Franson-Gardiner
    Fraser-Reilly

    Bernier
    Reimer

    Let McClement/Bozo fill in for Kadri on defensive zone faceoffs, if need be.
     
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    And we'd still beat the Sabres :handclap:
     
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    Kessel with kadri and another playmaker. Dion as a winger ala Brent Burns... Gardiner as a winger. Kulemin as a dman. I can centre the second line until Bolland is healthy. Orr in net. Trade Bozak...
     
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    Carlyle as #1d and wins the Norris again!
     
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    Orr -Orr -Orr
     
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    Just imagine all the photoshops :laugh:

    Who knew we could have too much 'offense' ;)
     
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    I wouldn't mind seeing Jvr - McClement - Ashton I feel they could click really well.
     
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    When healthy:
    Lupul - Bozak - Kessel (reunite kessel and lupes)
    JVR - Kadri - Kulemin (JVR n kadri showed chemistry early last year)
    Raymond - Bolland - Clarkson (ultimate shutdown line)
    Bodie - McClement - Smithson (great 4th line)

    With Bolland and Bozak out:
    JVR - Raymond - Kessel (raymond was tried as a C in Vancouver)
    Lupul - Kadri- Kulemin
    Ashton - McClement - Clarkson
    Orr - Smithson - Bodie

    Just so i dont miss the purpose of the thread, phaneuf should play in net like the pylon he is.
    All jokes aside i like phaneufs play
     
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    I feel like the Leafs have always had some kind of bias towards players who's last name starts with K. Since I've been a fan (mid-80s), they've had the following guys who's last name starts with K:

    Chris Kotsopoulos
    John Kordic
    Tom Kurvers
    Mike Krushelnyski
    Alexei Kudashov
    Mark Kolesar
    Nick Kypreos
    Mike Kennedy
    Derek King
    Kris King
    Igor Korolev
    Ladislav Kohn
    Alexander Karpovtsev
    Tomas Kaberle
    Dmitri Khristich
    Trevor Kidd
    Maxim Kondratiev
    Ken Klee
    Chad Kilger
    Alexander Khavanov
    Staffan Kronwall
    Pavel Kubina
    Nikolai Kulemin
    Mike Komisarek
    Nazem Kadri
    Phil Kessel
    Leo Komarov
    Michael Kostka

    28 players.

    To compare, here are the Canadiens who's last name starts with K, over the same time period:

    Tomas Kaberle
    Mike Keane
    Chad Kilger
    Marko Kiprusoff
    Patric Kjellberg
    Saku Koivu
    Mike Komisarek
    John Kordic
    Andrei Kostitsyn
    Sergei Kostitsyn
    Tom Kostopoulos
    Andrei Kovalenko
    Alexei Kovalev
    Les Kuntar
    Tom Kurvers


    15 players.

    You do the math.
     
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    Lupul in net should be okay :sarcasm:
     
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    To be realistic about seeing unrealistic lines, I would love to see;

    Gardiner - Kadri - Clarkson
     
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    Lupul-Kadri-Kessel
    JVR-Bolland-Clarkson
    McClement-Bozak-Kulemin
    Ashton-Smithson-Orr
    McLaren

    Rielly-Phaneuf
    Gunnarsson-Liles
    Gardiner-Franson
    Fraser/Ranger

    Bernier
    Reimer


    I'd use the top line mainly on the powerplay/offensive zone draws; the second line as a two-way, energy, forechecking line that can score; the third as a pure checking/PK line (with two good faceoff guys, in case one gets thrown out), and the fourth as.... well, a fourth line (win the draw, get the puck deep, get on the body, etc.)

    Maybe some would consider it throwing Rielly to the wolves, but Phaneuf more or less carries that top pairing and if Gunnarsson can play well with him, I don't see why Rielly couldn't. If anything I think Phaneuf would do well to play with someone who is a better skater and has a higher hockey IQ than he does, rather than more of a defensive guy that leaves it to Dion to try and skate the puck out of the zone or make that first pass, which he can struggle with at times.

    Gunnarsson/Liles pairing might be a bit soft, but they're both good positional defensemen who block shots and, as I said with Phaneuf, I think Gunnarsson would do well to play with someone who's better at moving the puck and whatnot than he is. Liles has also looked much more comfortable playing his off-side than Gardiner has in the past, which brings me to Gardiner-Franson. Both have excelled with sheltered minutes and struggled with consistency when promoted to a top-four role, so for the time being I think it'd be best to just let them do what they're good at, give them plenty of offensive zone starts, powerplay time, etc. and let them gain some confidence together.
     
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    Rielly Kadri Kessel whoo
     
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    You're aware that human beings have a heirloom instinct to seek patterns to rationalize events that really don't need to be rationalized and whose patterns are non-corrolative?

    You may want to learn about it if you don't...
     
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    And I thought he just had too much time on his hands!
    This would also accurately describe the mindset of a Leaf's fan.:laugh:
     

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