Read: Why JT MIller Chose Plymouth Over North Dakota

From from NHL.com.

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Update: 12:49PM: Miller checks in from Team USA camp at Blueshirts United.




20 comments
bosstrots1
bosstrots1

That dude who dissed Brian and Bailey is missing the mark.  Bailey has been undeniably good for the most part this year and that is after he had to pick himself up off that broken hand after a hot start, that line has been very good since the Western Canada road trip when bailey sat out a game and grabbo replaced him for 2 periods.  the sad news is that if Okposo really has a detached retina I don't see how he plays again this year.  one good check and that retina will pop again, i wouldn't let him play.  can we confirm this injury? we become even more of a finesse team without KO who was tough along the boards in particular.  We can afford to lose a finesse guy but not a physical wing.  fortunately we have a lot of points in the bank and we can see how the lineup looks with Grabbo taking KO's spot.  I am confident that Grabovski will be all over the puck as usual and will get it to JT to do some finishing. i wouldn't break up the Kuli, brock, Grabner line bc it was real good before the break.  i also wouldn't rush to break up the lee franz strome pairing either.  lets see how grabovski does and then we can mix and match accordingly. 


meanwhile, i bumped into Howie Rose at the stop and shop on jericho turnpike in woodbry sunday nite.  he was cordial. he went on a nice little rant about the all star game that i disagreed with.  i don't mind the game, my son liked it and the constant scoring kept his attention. not saying its a good game just that it doesn't suck.  as for howie, i hope he is an islander fan and not a rangers fan, that mottau call always sticks with me when i look at or hear him. aren't his roots in Queens? i'd be interested to know his true rooting interest.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Anyone checking out ho-sang. 5 points in sun.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Heres what I would do for the lines.

Bailey Tavares grabner

kulimen Nelsongrabovski

Lee Nielson strome

Clutterbuck cizikas Martin

I would make no trades. Just hope we get no more injuries.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

I see some have the solution. And I think the answer is this,,, move Lee and Strome to the first line, Nielsen centers Bailey and Grabner and Nelson centers Grabovski and Kulimen... And by the way,,, just what is wrong with Ooso that he is going to be out for eight weeks???

Thomas
Thomas

Brian - with all due respect you are living in a dream world. He has had 16 games on line 1 and his only goal with JT/KO on the ice was into an empty net. His other 2 goals during that time was into an empty net on PP2 against Philly and a goal from 2 feet on a pass from Strome at the end of a PP. Compiling garbage 2nd assists is easy to do when you have 2 top players on the same line. He doesn't score because he has no shot and is weak with the puck. JT was a different player after the Christmas Break and it just so happens Bailey benefited by getting tons of meaningless secondary assists.

madmike
madmike

It will be Tavares between Bailey and Strome.  Book it.  Strome was already on pace for 60 points.  He should get 70 easily now.  And should get me first place in my pool!!!  Wooooooo!

Michael McElroy
Michael McElroy

Sign Mike Richards just waived maybe that gets him playing well. Couldn't hurt!

jt91
jt91

I like the idea of Lee playing with Jt on the first line. He has been skating better and is a beast in front of the net! Has shown some toughness too!

John McCarthy
John McCarthy

Move Strome up there! Him and JT will be scoring pretty goals. I like Bailey on the first line, he's a strong back checker and helps JT and KO start a rush

Tom O'Connell
Tom O'Connell

I would give Lee and Grabovski a shot with Okposo out.

Bill Paden
Bill Paden

I don't agree, move Lee up!! Lee and JT would be great! Right Tom O'Connell

PCap
PCap

@dimaio34

You might consider at this time of the season:

Lee JT Strome

Bailey Nelson Grabner

Kuli Nielson Grabo

Clutt Martin Cz


I think Strome and JT could have some magic that is not being considered.  I would interchange Lee and Bailey but Lee has been playing well with Strome.  Just a thought.

caseysdad
caseysdad

@dimaio34

1st line not enough physicality on it with those 3, more like finesse players, their +/- will suffer greatly, imo

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@Thomas lol. do you even watch the games? "garbage second assists" he has made some amazing passes

kevinpt
kevinpt

@Thomas Not sure, but has he really played 16 whole games with them? Doesn't seem like he's playing quite that many. Also, I only recall him scoring one empty net goal this year.


I can't disagree with you more about secondary assists. If they're meaningless, then why have that as a stat? And if they're so easy to come by why hasn't anyone else who's played with JT and Okposo this year been able to put up points? Also, as 23 mentions, he's had a bunch of primary assists as well. 


More importantly, Bailey isn't on that line to score goals. Sure a few more goals would be nice, but that line was working because Bailey covered for JT and Okposo's lack of defensive mindedness and made some good passes to set them up for goals. You say JT was a different player, ever think maybe that's because Bailey was on the line? I honestly think Bailey made that line better and was part of the reason for JT and Okposo's improved play.

isles23
isles23

Bailey hasn't just collected secondary assists. He had a beautiful pass to set up KO's hat trick goal, and thats just one example. He also provides balance on the ice as far as his defensive play. Frans and Kulemin are the only better defensive forwards on the team.

kevinpt
kevinpt

@jt91 Okay but then who makes up defensively for that line then?

dimaio34
dimaio34

Agree about strome. And lee. Just feel grabs is going to get er going

dimaio34
dimaio34

I'm fine with that. Just a start with my lines. Feel grabs is going to explode

jt91
jt91

@kevinpt @jt91 Bailey to me has done the job. keep him with JT and Lee. If not Bailey, then its time to move Strome up. Strome has been one of our best 2 way forwards!