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Okay, bear with me on this one, but what if the Rangers should decide to pair Artemi Panarin with Vladimir Namestnikov and Pavel Buchnevich to form one of the top two lines. Yes, I'm really suggesting that Rangers' take their premier off-season signing and putting him with a guy who had 11 goals and 31 points in 78 games last year.
This is of course the same guy who has never scored more than 48 points - coincidentally the total he put up in 2017-18 when he was traded to the New York Rangers - and has registered a somewhat modest 53 goals and 123 points in his 263 NHL games.
So if you'll bear with me a moment, let's explore this a little.
With Panarin and Buchnevich on a line together, the Rangers have guys who have some scoring touch, but even better passing ability, but tend to play to the outside rather than go retrieve the puck or create a disturbance in front.
Neither player is particularly strong defensively, and as such the team would need to more heavily on a puck possession type game, backstopped by the rear three of defenders and goaltender.
Ryan Strome might be an option as the pivot, and while he's a bit more of a north-south kind of guy with some defensive capability, he's not exactly a physical presence and his ability to force the turnover, or create a presence in front is relatively limited.
Alternatively the team could turn to sophomore center Brett Howden. The young forward showed some great net front presence in year one, and also demonstrated a maturity on the defensive end that was beyond his year.s. He still is learning that side of the puck, and the type of match-up he'd get on a 1a/1b line would be more testing than last year's 4th line role, so he may not be ready.
There's also Filip Chytil as an option. The Czech is coming into his second full season, and third overall, and has already demonstrated a playmaking ability that catches the eye. Chytil can score goals, and shows potential to become a top six forward in some form of fashion, with his combination of skill, size and skating. The real question is whether he's ready to make the step now, or whether it'd be prudent to continue to use him in a lesser role and ride his form as it grows.
Which brings us back to Namestnikov. The things I most like about Namestnikov are his ability to play the game at his own pace. He's not easily fustered, and from the first day he joined the Rangers, he's shown the ability to play at both ends of the ice. After an early misstep with the new coaching staff, he embraced the role he was given, operating more as a classical defensive minded 3rd liner than a guy who might be able to slot in on the second.
In many ways in 2017-18, Namestnikov became the utility forward for David Quinn, slotting in where needed, whether that be wing or center. This very utility provides a potential dimension to a pairing wiht Panarin and Buchnevich that makes the line as a whole stronger. Namestnikov has the size and strength to go retrieve the puck, the skating and poise to get back on defense, and also showed he can stand in front of the net to create space and draw defenders.
He has also managed to score 22 goals in a season - that same year he was acquired by New York - which couldl easily be under threat if he was to draw this assignment.
Whether he'll have chemistry with Panarin, or for that matter Buchnevich, is yet to be determined, but it would be something worth looking at. That $4M he's currently earning could very well look like a good investment by the end of the year if the stars align.
|And what's wrong with Zibinijad with Panarin and Buch again?|
|Namestnikov is probably as physically skilled as any Ranger player. Quinn got through to him last season as he reinvented himself as much more of a two way player who brought some physicality with it. I think his offense picks up as the physical and defensive game will come more natural to him this season, freeing up some more concentration on his offense. He became a go to guy for Quinn as the season moved on jumping all over the lineup filling many roles. I think he's coming to camp with a good feeling about his game and it's upside. He's going to be hungry to take his game up another notch, and if Quinn continues to show confidence in him he most likely will.|
Edited by Rranger 2019-08-16 1:40 PM
sureshore - 2019-08-16 12:38 PM
And what's wrong with Zibinijad with Panarin and Buch again?
My thought was that Kreider and Zibanejad remain paired...that gives you two scoring lines. Putting Panarin with Zibanejad felt like concentrating all the firepower on one line
|I’m a firm believer in trying your top three players on a line together first, and seeing if you catch lightning. At least try it first, and if it doesn’t work, go to plan B. It makes zero sense to try Panarin-Namestnikov first. You may be strengthening other lines, but is this really what we are paying the breadman $11 Million for? |
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I already discussed this with you on Facebook, though Haha
Kravtsov to center is my dark horse pick
Kreider Zibanejad Kakko
Panarin Kravtsov Buchnevich
Chytil Howden Strome
Lemieux Andersson Fast
No one come at me Panarin on the second line!?!?
No.... we'll have two first lines and two third lines
Edited by robstones 2019-08-16 3:02 PM
|Its fun to make lines but until the team is sorted out its pointless. Rangers still have some balls in the air. The one good thing going into this season is if the kids can measure up the Coach has options coming out of his ears. From what I've seen unlike chewy who played his favourites, Quinn has a good handle on who's on and who's not. I'd like to see a little more line consistency this year, and probably will now that Quinn has done his rookie lap. Its been a long time since I've had this much anticipation waiting for a Ranger season to start. Drop the damn puck.|
Location: New Jersey
|Yeah, I'd love line consistency, but with so many balls in the air there's sure to be shuffling.... and that's fine. But gotta see em on the ice, and let the chemistry show itself. |
If a line of
Chytil Strome Fast is scoring every night, then I guess you play it..... please don't let that be a thing.... just sayin....
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Steady Eddie - 2019-08-16 4:49 PM
I’m a firm believer in trying your top three players on a line together first, and seeing if you catch lightning. At least try it first, and if it doesn’t work, go to plan B. It makes zero sense to try Panarin-Namestnikov first. You may be strengthening other lines, but is this really what we are paying the breadman $11 Million for?
Find the chemistry and the 1-2 lines become 1-1a. You can teach a lot of things; chemistry is not one of them.
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