Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Well that was quick

If you're one of the poolies who picked Patrick Eaves as a sleeper late pick because he was going to play with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley, and thus rack up significant points, I've got bad news: he's been demoted.

At yesterday's marathon hour-and-a-half practice, Eaves was lined up on the fourth trio with Chris Kelly and Brian McGratton (rookie Alexei Kaigorodov also got time on the line, but odds are he's sitting again) while Heatley and Spezza practiced with Daniel Alfredsson.

Coach Bryan Murray is saying this doesn't mean he's disappointed with Eaves, however, the kid struggled badly the last two games and perhaps was in over his head.


At 2:29 PM, Blogger Donald said...

So much for the "blue collar team" approach. It is always about the "pretty play" here in Ottawa. Spezza has to do his one touch pass to Alfie who in turn, feathers it to Heatley, who then one times it. We all know that crap like that doesn't work come playoff time.

At 6:21 PM, Blogger RD said...

In the short run, this move will definately help. Those three players have tremendous chemistry and will be good for 2+ goals on most nights.

However, in the long run, we're going to have to address the issue of secondary offense, most likely through trade. As much as I love Mike Fisher and Peter Schaefer, those guys have not shown that they can consistantly be counted on to produce if the big line struggles. Look at Carolina last year. They had Staal, Williams, Brind'Amour, Weight, Recchi and Cole, and they were all mixed up on the top 3 lines. So even if you matched up well against Staal's line, someone else could burn you. This isn't the case in Ottawa right now.

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Human Megaphone said...

Personally I thought Eaves played the best out of the three against Toronto. I didn't watch the third against Buffalo, but I would have placed the blame on Spezza and Heatley before Eaves.

All in all though, we need primary scoring before we worry about secondary.

At 8:40 AM, Anonymous rachael said...

I think demoting him to the 4th line was a little harsh, he deserves more ice time than that. Also Heatley and Spezza weren't exactly spectacular in these games either (at least not until the last 10 mins of Saturdays game).

At 10:39 AM, Anonymous pete said...

But my sleeper Vermette pick is still gold, right?




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