by Patrick Hoffman on 07/17/09 at 09:37 PM ET
Since there’s really nothing else to do these days in Rangerland, bloggers like to come up with lines based on what the roster looks like as of today. For example, PuckCentral.net came up with the following line for the 2009-2010 version of the Blueshirts:
Gaborik - Dubinsky - Callahan
Higgins - Drury - Kotalik
Avery - Anisimov - Lisin
Brashear - Boyle - Byers
Click here for some more thoughts on the lines from PuckCentral.net. For my thoughts, continue below.
The first line looks pretty interesting. Both Gaborik and Callahan have speed and some goal-scoring ability (especially Gaborik) while Dubinsky has the ability to carry the puck into the zone and do a lot of dirty work. However, the questions remains - is Dubinsky capable of being a No.1 center for this hockey club? Since Rangers’ GM Glen Sather seems intent on doing nothing to remedy the situation, I guess we’ll have to find out.
The second line is also intriguing. Both Kotalik and Higgins can score goals and are not afraid to throw the puck at the net, which could be good for Drury as he has the ability to bang in rebounds. With that said, Drury has yet to live up to his billing on Broadway so how do we know if this season will be any different?
Anisimov and Lisin could prove to be an interesting connection. With 21 points in just 48 games, one has to wonder why Phoenix Coyotes’ GM Don Maloney was so quick to get rid of him and so fast to sign Lauri Korpikoski to a two-year deal. Avery will do his usual thing and give those guys some protection while also providing some offense.
Boyle and Byers could help the Blueshirts have a solid and potentially productive fourth line but how will Brashear fair as a Ranger?
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