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View Poll Results: Thoughts on the James Neal signing?
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Old 07-10-2018, 04:29 AM   #661
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Bennett should be nowhere near the top 6.
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Still in awe at how different this team looks today than it did at the end of the season.

Mostly I am excited for Lindholm and Neal. those two alone are massive additions to this top 6. Giddy I tell ya. Giddy.
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:13 AM   #663
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Bennett should be nowhere near the top 6.
Or maybe the top 6 is exactly where he should be. Or at least where we all hoped he would be.
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Or maybe the top 6 is exactly where he should be. Or at least where we all hoped he would be.
Those are two very different things.
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Those are two very different things.
Yes, they are, but I would not leave it out of the realm of possibilities that Bennett still have the potential to be a top 6 player.
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:58 AM   #666
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"Give him the no pressure opportunity"

*Sticks him on the shutdown line that faces the toughest opponents*
Backlunds good at sheltering people though. Look at the wingers he had before Tkachuk. Guys like Colborne had career years being propped up by Backlund. For a while it was the spot to put new rookies
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And then you have 17 goal rookie centre Jankowski nowhere? He needs the same type of opportunities. That's why I don't think it makes much sense to play Lindholm at centre when everybody is healthy. We're just too deep at that position and then somebody gets bumped into a suboptimal position. Whereas RW is still relatively weak unless Lindholm is slotting there. Only when Lindholm is on RW does our depth at that position look respectable.

Gaudreau-Monahan-Lindholm
Tkachuk-Jankowski-Neal
Bennett-Backlund-Frolik
????-Ryan-Czarnik

You can flip Lindholm/Neal. You can flip Jankowski/Backlund. You can flip Ryan and Jankowski.

It's really hard to imagine Lindholm at centre when everybody is healthy. I still think he makes the most sense as the responsible right shot presence on the top line. Lets us split up our two best shooters in Neal and Monahan and stack a couple good scoring lines.
I think also you could put Ryan with Backlund and Frolik in tougher defensive zone situations against top line opponents and go Bennett-Shore-Czarnik or Mangiapane-Bennett-Czarnik. Still think they should re-sign Shore and keep Lazar & Brouwer off the ice somehow.

Or if Dube makes the team then it's easy. Bennett-Dube-Czarnik.
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Old 07-10-2018, 02:10 PM   #668
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Backlunds good at sheltering people though. Look at the wingers he had before Tkachuk. Guys like Colborne had career years being propped up by Backlund. For a while it was the spot to put new rookies
It should always be the spot to put new rookies. Give me a Mangiapane/Backlund/Frolik line for two or three months, I bet that does just fine.
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I think that Neal was signed to be a shooter on the first line.

Gaudreau (LW) - Monahan (C) - Neal (LW/RW)
Bennett (LW/C) - Lindholm (C/RW) - Tkachuk (LW/RW)
Mangiapane (LW/C) - Backlund (C) - Ryan (C/RW)
Frolik (LW/C/RW) - Jankowski (C) - Czarnik (RW)

Spares: Lazar (C/RW), Brouwer (RW), Hathaway (RW), & Quine (C) = 2 of these 4 to be waived, traded, or bought-out prior to opening night. I'm going to guess that Hathaway and Quine get waived to Stockton.

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Old 07-10-2018, 03:08 PM   #670
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I think that Neal was signed to be a shooter on the first line.

Gaudreau (LW) - Monahan (C) - Neal(LW/RW)
Bennett (LW/C) - Lindholm (C/RW) - Tkachuk (LW/RW)
Mangiapane (LW/C) - Backlund (C) - Ryan (C/RW)
Frolik (LW/C/RW) - Jankowski (C) - Czarnik (RW)

Spares: Lazar (C/RW), Brouwer (RW), Hathaway (RW), Quine (C) = 2 of these 4 to be waived, traded, or bought-out prior to opening night. I'm going to guess that Hathaway and Quine get waived to Stockton.
I love how the Flames have so many options now with lines. I could see this being tried but that's not how my lines look.

Monahan Gaudreau Neal

Backlund Lindholm Tkachuk

Ryan Frolik Bennett

Jankowski Czarnik Mangiapane/Brouwer(unfortunately)

*centers named first
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