AGENT ZERO wrote:This is where you lose me Courage, Marner is arguably the second most talented player on this roster. You don't drop his minutes because he doesn't play as good defensively as a Komarov or Hyman, that is stupid. There are multiple dimensions to a hockey player, and the cumulative impact of Marner is greater than most of those guys that you listed. Patrick Kane is a pretty terrible defensive player too, but it didn't seem to prevent the Hawks from utilizing him en route to multiple Stanley Cups.
So, do you just take a subjective poll about who is the most *talented* and give out ice time based on your impressions? If Marner was getting the 2nd most icetime, would this team suddenly play better hockey? LOL.
You put players in positions that compliment one another because it's a team game. What if we give Marner Hyman's minutes? Substituting in a small winger who gets his *2nd most talented* ass handed to him in the corners regularly isn't going to make Matthews and Nylander any better. The cumulative impact of him getting pushed off the puck is that your two most prolific scorers are now worse and Marner - whose talent is with the puck - sees less of it. Not to mention you now don't have a secondary scoring line and teams can shut you down too easily.
So, you give Marner his own line to drive against lesser competition and top-6 5v5 icetime, i.e. more 5v5 and PP time than Komarov. He gets offensive minutes and PP time with offensive players. It's their deficiencies that means he sees a bit less ice than he might otherwise. Compromises have to be made. It's a team game.
Or maybe you put Marner on the Knads line. Now he's spending his energy and *2nd most talent* playing the shittiest matchup minutes of all, spending most of his shifts in his own zone defending and you probably make that line worse at its job because Leo is a far better defensive player.
Great. Less diverse scoring and a worse matchup line. Not how I'd try to win more games. YMMV.