Stop trying to get the best 9 miles to wood

Yes, I just mentioned an 18-year-old movie quote for this title. So what?

It’s the start of Devils training camp and you know what that means… arguing over streak combinations before the team plays even one regular season game. It’s now been a week in Demon Camp and the initial lines have been formed. No doubt some of those streaks wouldn’t last another week, but the technical staff had all summer to plan. So it’s reasonable to think that there has been a great deal of thought about prime line sets being put together in the camp, even if some of the logic is just testing things out. Take the Hughes line for example. Palat – Hughes – Holtz isn’t the line I would have put together given how well Sharangowicz and Hughes have played in the past two years, but it makes sense. Balat got a contract with A 6 million US dollars He would always start in the top six, and Holtz is basically drafted to play on Hughes’ wing, so they’ll give him every chance to prove he’s ready. On the other hand, Wood – Haula – Mercer is a streak that we’ve seen are two games worth playing melee and a pre-season game and I really hate the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčthat. It may be premature and sad, but I stand by the point. Miles Wood is not one of the top 9 strikers.

For pure entertainment, Miles Wood is one of my favorite guys to watch on Devils. Let him build a head of steam across the neutral zone and his unique combination of raw speed and size allows him to power through the opponent’s defense on a regular basis. This leads to a lot of disconnection, and at times, there is a purpose at the end of the play.

It’s a goalkeeper’s nightmare because even if he does end up shooting the puck at the goalkeeper’s chest guard, which is something that happens frequently, there’s a good chance there’s a 200-pound guy bumping into said goalkeeper right after. Wood also brings an element of physicality and nervousness that the less developed part of my brain enjoys seeing now and then.

I really like having it in Demons because it brings a dimension that few other players can add to the table. You can count how many NHL players can beat or match in a straight line race on two hands and few fingers left. But despite his blazing speed, Wood is best suited for a limited role in the fourth grade.

This is because it is a dangerous offensive weapon that can lead Wood across the neutral zone, outside of this situation it doesn’t bring much to the table. He is not a smart, creative or skilled player. If he’s mediocre in that respect, he’s probably a lock for a higher position in the squad, but his game is so over-simplified that his presence in the top nine becomes more of a hindrance than a help. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s pulling a line on his own, it just isn’t who – which bad; You’ll even get the one-on-one game here and there where it’ll look like he’s finally figured out how to use his teammates more, like the nice help he got in the crosshairs of Eric Howla against the Islanders last night.

But these flashes of skill and gamemaking are relatively rare. Most common are all the times Wood kills a play by either reading poorly, being off-site, or failing to anticipate what his co-workers were thinking. If we take a look at Wood’s player card from JFresh and TopDownHockey, you can see some of what I’m talking about. While Wood is rated as a solid player in terms of his equal offense strength, I doubt this is largely due to his ability to elicit attack from lunge and his tendency to shoot disc. For example, in the 2021 season he had 127 shots in only 55 matches. Both are great things, but they don’t change my argument. And if we look at his passing rate and defensive impact, we can identify the limitations in his game. He’s a responsibility in his own territory, and he lacks IQ to find mates to get a pass or to create opportunities for them.

If the Devils are to run with Haula and Mercer on the third line, the coaching staff should choose the LW who can supplement and raise the line, rather than limiting his potential effectiveness. And Wood’s presence in the third line means someone like Tatar, whose production went down last season (15-15-30It’s going to be an excellent season for Wood, sitting in the press box. As far as future demons are, this seems like a misuse of resources to me. So Sharangowicz put, who showed that he didn’t need Hughes to be successfulalong with Haula and Mercer is an idea that I love more than Wood’s placement in this place.

Wood is at his best when he keeps things simple. Use his speed to beat the defender. Examine property and create turnover. click. Network crash. All the hallmarks of a wonderful player from the fourth line. It works perfectly with someone like Nate Bastian, who can compliment Wood’s style of play, and cover Wood defensively. In the end, I think this is where it will end up. Even if it took some games for Ruff to make it happen.

your thoughts

Now that you’ve heard my opinion, what are your thoughts on Miles Wood? Do you agree with my opinion that the wood should be glued to the fourth line? Or am I underestimating him? What would your perfect third streak look like? Should demons spread fortune or burden the top six? Leave your comments below and thanks for reading.

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