Poo has been playing better of late and moving up the depth chart, going from part time #8 hitter to somewhere near the middle of the lineup over the last several weeks. Playing more and playing with better linemates he’s seen his icetime increase steadily: On November 30th he played just 3:02 but has been over 10 minutes for the last 6 games.
He’s been 7gp, 3-0-3 +3 in December.
Today in practice (this is courtesy Jason Gregor and ON) the lines looked like this:
Massive change in overall look in my opinion. The top line is a pure soft minutes group that will look to play against slow-footed brutes and undersized defender. The 2line should be responsible and if Cole ever finds the range could be a deadly group (and can we agree that if this line scores at a decent rate the “Horcoff would be nothing without Hemsky” group will officially go to hell?), the 3line is a nice combination of skills (but shy on speed and shouldn’t be matched with heavyweights) and the 4line is energy and that’s were Brodziak found the range one year ago.
I like the shakeup and think they’ll score goals. There’ll be plenty headed the other way but it was a flood the other way too.
Go Pouliot, for Christ’s sakes. Some of us have been cheering for you for a long damn time and I will accept a 10-12 year career as a solid two-way forward despite the quality of the 2003 draft. This is a huge chance. Time to deliver.