Pominville can be very effective, if used correctly

September 20, 2017

It only took about half of an NHL season for me to realize something about Bruce Boudreau: He might be the best coach in the NHL at adapting to players’ skill sets. If you asked Minnesota Wild fans at the end of 2015-16 for one word to describe A) Mikael Granlund, B) Jason Zucker and C) Jason Pominville, they would…

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Matthew Coller is a contributor to The Buffalo Star and the Minnesota Vikings reporter for 1500ESPN. He also writes about hockey for ESPN Insider. He was doing analytics when analytics wasn't cool.

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The 3rd-line role seems key for Pominville to thrive. If they’re serious about using Reinhart more at center that seems to me to be a way to get the most out of those two.


I’m not very high on Girgensons. Everybody likes to blame Bylsma for his lack of production. His best years statistically were pre-O’Reilly/Eichel. Z was first line center and first PP unit on a bad bad team. Now that there’s some real NHL talent, he’s going to get bumped down to the bottom 6, which is where he belongs…. and that’s not Dan Bylsma’s fault.

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