If you watch a team long enough there are experiences you associate with specific players. Marc Andre Bergeron is all about anxiety, Michael Peca’s play made me think of a coma, as there just wasn’t much happening anywhere. Ales Hemsky? Fast car. Ty Conklin? The worst of times.
Fernando Pisani? Calm waters, trusted skipper at the helm, clear sailing, blue skies.
I think his illness last season had a huge effect on the roster, as part of bringing along youngsters is giving them quality veterans to show the way. Pisani is a very smart player on a team that collects them, and there’s no doubt in my mind a player like Brodziak would be farther along had he enjoyed the opportunity to play for a long stretch with a healthy and effective Fernando Pisani.
This season all reports are that he’s fine and will be at full strength in the fall. Although Pisani did in fact play 70% of the season there were many games where Fernando wasn’t close to 100%. He’s such a valuable player in a variety of areas that his being healthy will have a major impact on the young player he’s paired with (just ask Stoll and Torres) and on the overall performance of the team.
In my roster setup Pisani plays with Cole and a rotation of Brodziak and Pouliot. The truth of course is that he’ll play some with everyone and will get more PP time than we as fans think he should, but he’ll earn his dough at EVs and PK. Here are his 5×5/60 numbers for the last three seasons:
- 05-06: 1.84
- 06-07: 1.39
- 07-08: 1.55
A healthy Pisani playing with at least one solid offensive option should be able to do some things at 5×5.
Prediction for 08-09: 77gp, 17-19-36 (.468 per game).