Terry Murray Line Combinator Strikes Again
Here is Terry Murray's new set of line combinations, and three sets I generated randomly by repeatedly assigning each player an integer and sorting accordingly by position. See if you can figure out which one is Terry's.
Answer: the fourth set is the real one. The first three are randomly-generated. Some thoughts:
- Every line (all four, I mean) with Andrei Loktionov on it looks great.
- Every line with Trent Hunter on it looks bad.
- Hunter and Ethan Moreau were scratched by the randomizer in the first set. That makes those four lines look strong.
- The second simulation put Moreau and Hunter on the fourth line, which is best for them.
- The second simulation magically generated two top-six lines we've actually seen quite a bit of.
- The third simulation sucks the worst of the four sets, even worse than Murray's real lines.
- However, the third set yielded Simon Gagne - Lokitionov - Dustin Brown, which is not a bad idea.
- Murray's actual lines (the last set) don't look any more coherent than my randomly-generated ones.
- Murray's first line, with Brown on the off-wing (could be good) and Hunter on the right (AHHHHHHHGH!) is probably a train-wreck.
- Murray's second line, with Gagne and Mike Richards reunited (good) and Jarret Stoll on the wing (maybe not terrible) is a question-mark. I suppose we'll be hearing about Stoll's ability to get off that quick hard shot, or an attempt to jump-start him.
- Murray's third line, Kyle Clifford - Lokti - Justin Williams, I love. I love everything about it. Except maybe the potential for catastrophic turnovers just inside the offensive blue line.
- Murray's fourth line, Moreau - Colin Fraser - Kevin Westgarth, is fine. Brad Richardson or Trevor Lewis instead of Westgarth would be better, but Murray probably didn't have his scratches randomized as I did, so Richardson and Lewis weren't options.
- Also, I think Westgarth's goal has awakened Murray's dream of turning Westgarth into The Goon Who Can Score.
- To sum up, I think my first two random line-ups are better than Murray's one random line-up. To be fair though, his might have been the best of all the random line-ups he was choosing from. That's the risk you take when you use the Terry Murray Line Combinator.
(I didn't address Murray's new defensive pairs, but I'm betting the Jack Johnson - Matt Greene combo will yield some choice comments from Rudy.)