Something to think about when penciling in your line combinations

Looks like you might get three blogs for the price of one again today.

As I was transcribing my notes from post-practice interview with coach Craig Ramsay he had this to say about setting his lines.

Ramsay:  “The reality in my mind, if you are a really top-flight team, you have a high-end scoring line. Then you have a high-end checking and scoring line. Then you have another high-end line that can do a little of everything, perhaps score more than check. I look at things a bit differently. My one and three [lines], would be in my mind, offensively gifted lines. The second line is more of a grinding, puck control line, who I also expect to score. My fourth line would also be more of a puck control kind of line, that would be used in checking roles and to change the momentum of a game and would also be expected to score some goals.”

So, that will give you something to think about as you play Thrasher coach and jot down your own line combinations.

Let me know what you come up with.

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September 19th, 2010
3:46 pm

It sounded like Little wasn’t very excited about the switch.


September 19th, 2010
3:51 pm

I can see Cormier as that grinding, checking line 2nd line. Of course, Patrice is out of the picture for now. It sounds like Coach is just switiching the 2nd and 3rd line designations from a conventional team. I guess the minutes distribution and the match ups would be the differences.


September 19th, 2010
3:54 pm

Well…about Bryan. He does get the additional responsibilities of the center position but he should have less pressure to score the goals himself. And it’s never just about the one player, it is how the line as a whole functions.

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September 19th, 2010
4:16 pm

Where do you see any quotes from Little?


September 19th, 2010
4:23 pm

It sounds like, I realize that the budget I have to work with is low. But I am a better coach than what they used to have. So, I’ll give it a good shot.


September 19th, 2010
6:34 pm

Peveverley and Ladd seem to be playing very well together. Could they form 2/3 of Ramsay’s scoring 3rd line? Who for center? Slater? Burma? Espo? I guess Slates may have to go to Coach’s 4th line unless he really steps it up. I do get the feeling that some nights the 4th will play alot at the right times in a game where we have a 3rd period lead.


September 19th, 2010
8:51 pm





September 19th, 2010
10:59 pm

Mike, I agree with most of your pairings but I think you’ll see Burmistrov on the 3rd line and Slater on the 4th. Slater’s game is a lot more in line with what you want from your 4th line than Burmistrov.
Also, I don’t see how the Thrashers can not have Pettersson on their team, likely in place of Dawes on the third line. I would say put Dawes on the 4th line instead of Eager/Boulton but then we wouldn’t really have a designated fighter on the team. So even though Dawes is a better overall player than both of them I assume he’ll be the odd man out at least to start the season.


September 20th, 2010
7:30 am

Pair up Buff and Sopel. The two worst defensemen on the team. Good plan.