I really think Laughton is better off on the wing.
There are three problems with JVR on the third line, but I think that's where he probably should go.
1). His salary, which you mentioned. Ultimately, we have the cap room so I get it and have said the same, but this is kind of "who cares?". Especially when the apparent plan is to go with three scoring lines.
2) Weal will be his center. He's actually been better than I predicted, but he's simply outclassed b
I think that's a fair point. Not giving young players a chance to figure things out is a hallmark of the Hakstol coaching experience. It's entirely possible Vorobyev would have become the player we needed given more time in the NHL. Realistically, he wasn't going to get that chance with Hak behind the bench. I wonder how well he's doing in LHV?
Hart didn't fare so well in his first few games as a pro...which is typical of a guy coming out of junior. Ilya Samsonov, who's regarded even higher than Hart and was taken in the 1st round a year earlier, is sitting dead last in AHL goalie stats at this point of the season. I doubt either ends up with these poor numbers.
In his last 3 games Hart's sporting a .923 save percentage and a 1.93 GAA. Those are top 4 stats in the A. He's also 4-2-2 in those 8 starts...which is pretty damn
Much better. Also, I am not passing judgment on Hart - I was just posting his stats along with a few other Phantoms by way of the previous question.
At the end of the day, I'm less concerned about Hart being a legit #1 goalie than I am having at least one freaking guy in the organization being a #1.
Interesting post on the Athletic today about Ersson. It's behind a paywall, but the one and a half paragraphs I read were informative
The best goalie of this curr
I would keep him on the Phantoms playing more minutes at least for now. Weal is soon going to be replaced by a healthy JVR. Weal can join MacDud as popcorn boy until the injury bug returns to the Flyers. Serving popcorn will not help Rubstov .....
Weise is going nowhere. He was kept on this team when he was a total nonfactor and this season has been a very serviceable 4th liner. This is probably his best performance to date...at least with his stint with the Flyers. He is one of Hak's go to guys (for what reason I could not have guessed until his play this season). Weal is my pick for Popcorn boy at this point. He continues to show flashes but is too often out muscled and loses the puck.