Troy McClure wrote:Honka certainly isn’t fixing anything with the offense. He's on pace to finish with fewer points than a bad Ludwig season, and Honka gets more PP time each game he plays than Ludwig probably had in any five seasons combined.
I isn’t even think it’s a system thing. This team struggled to score last season, and they had no defensive obligations under a Ruff. Depth scoring is a roster problem. Nill gave Hitch a bunch of dudes with no offensive ability, and Spezza’s decline came harder and faster than anyone expected.
It would be nice to see Dickinson tried out on one of the top lines because why not? He can’t be worse than Ritchie, so why not try. It would be nice to see Honka play because the theory is he has offensive ability.
Honka when he's in the lineup is at least helping the team get out of it's own zone, even if it is only 14-15 minutes a game. Yeah he has struggled putting up points, but he's far more skilled then what he has shown this year.
I agree Dickinson should be given a extended run with consistent minutes even put him on the PP, give him second line minutes for 5-6 games. Sometimes all a player needs is to be given the minutes, score a couple goals and the confidence that comes from it.