The B-6

Posted: 11/12/2011 by bc in Uncategorized
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With a stick tap  to Ducks blogger Jeff Shibley, we look at a suddenly very young bottom six group of Ducks forwards. The plan to go entirely with freshmen and sophomores resulted from injuries to Jason Blake and George Parros. Bob Murray did say the plan was to give the kids a chance this season. As I recall Bargain Bob said something about like “seeing what we’ve got” before making any moves. The fast approaching twenty game mark is usually when GM’s have pretty much seen what they have.
In the keeper category, Maxime Macenaur and Devante Smith-Pelley are steadily improving while performing important roles. DSP even saw a couple of shifts on the 2nd PP unit last night.

Somewhere along the line I have to think that Matt Belesky and Andrew Gordon will starting cashing in on their opportunities. If not, I for one will be blogging some sad hard luck stories. Of late every time Belesky shoots I start to come up out of my seat. And Gordon, Jeez what’s a guy have to do?

Peter Holland is a keeper end of story. Last but not least is last season’s rookie hero Brandon McMillan.

It’s a pretty exciting group that begs a question. Do you go out and bring back a Rob Niedermayer or maybe a Chris Drury to show these guys what it takes to succeed in the NHL? Knowing that signing a vet is going to take precious TOI away from an up and coming kid. I mean we humans like to think we might be smarter than birds that take a fly or die approach with their young. On the other hand, Corey Perry aside, Randy Carlyle doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record when it comes to developing young talent. Far too many Ducklings have gone splat when after RC has pushed them over the boards.

None of the above are easy decisions but I’m becoming a believer in our current B-6. Suffer the growing pains and hope.

  1. czhokej says:

    RC wants his youngsters to score, and if they don’t, they are gone. He wants them to play his system, and doesn’t adjust his strategy to fit the individual skills and abilities. That’s too much pressure.

    • BackCheck says:

      So true cz. RC has and continues to stick with Brandon McMillan and Devante Smith-Pelley. What have they shown that everyone from Jaarku Ruutu to Brad Winchester to Ryan Carter to Drew Miller haven’t done?
      The best example for cz’s point is Drew Miller. He wasn’t good enough for RC but has found a home as a B6 in Detroit.

  2. bbdux93 says:

    Playing our bottom 6 is pretty risky. If RC were more inclined to take chances this might be the right time. But, that might signal to the other players you can kiss this season good bye and hope for the next. . . For older players that could be pretty distasteful.

    • BackCheck says:

      Exactly bb. That’s why the question, should we bring RNieds back or see if Chris Drury wants to get up off the couch? Or do we gut it out until Jason Blake gets healthy? This is all about asset management. Tee it up bb. It’s right in your wheelhouse 😉

  3. bbdux93 says:

    I would look for an experienced forward. I’d like to see one who remains calm and helps to keep our young players focused on just doing their job.

    Teemu & Saku can carry their load and “Cogs” will fill the slot until Jason returns. I would like to see a DSP, Holland, Macneaurer & MacMillian played with them a bit. In school we were taught problem solving, but it’s not until you start to apply that knowledge, that it really makes sense. The kids need teachers on the ice – during a game – not just in practice.

    I’d take the risk ! The message would be clear – we believe you can do it! The best results often come by trusting your group to rise to the occasion.

    All that said I’d also look to improve our defense.

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