10/20/09

Reading Between the Lines....Islanders Practice

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/20/2009 08:25:00 PM
An extra NYIFC blog entry on Tuesday lineups at practice and a big-time look at a lot of players out of position and the numbers game.

Doing an extra entry here for a few reasons, one to write about some hockey and the Islanders lines, the other to test something called jump breaks that puts a preview of an entry on the main page.

Let's begin with the Newsday article from Tuesday, Mr Botta also covered practice so see sidebar to link to his article.


Newsday: Mark Herrmann covered Islander practice today and had comments from head coach Scott Gordon, who was not happy with his team at the end of practice, defenseman Mark Streit also commented along with Bruno Gervais and Frans Nielsen.

NYIFC Comments:
Simply put is Doug Weight a first line right wing, can he produce at even strength?

Weight's five even strength goals last at his natural position with Bill Guerin as his right wing scream absolutely not.

Meanwhile Blake Comeau is outside his natural position of left wing again on the right wing, Sim who is not a right wing leaves that spot to apparently sit. For now Tambellini does return in his natural left wing position and Schremp could be the odd-man out with Nielsen's return.

Bottom line even with Trent Hunter healthy and Okposo in the lineup, Scott Gordon is still short a right wing. Comeau, Sim are not right wings. Bergenheim apparently did not want to make a switch to right wing.

Frankly the lines have to fit and players need to be in their natural positions and placed in situations where they have a reasonable chance at success inside their skills and talents.

Garth Snow should have been all over a Chuck Kobasew trade and it's getting to the point if you do not want to call up a natural right wing from Bridgeport why not sign Satan to play his natural side of the ice and move a player through waivers or through a minor trade.

For me Doug Weight is a fourth line center and a powerplay point man, but that's it.

My lines:
Moluson-Tavares-Okposo
Bergenheim-Bailey-xxxxxx
Comeau-Nielsen-xxxxxx (Hunter)
Tambellini-Weight-Park

This is almost as unbalanced as the log-jam in goal for Bridgeport, something has to give. I know we are all used to injuries here but you cannot have a taxi-squad of players in the wrong spots to supplement the lineup.

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