David Quinn has taken his lines to the blender. This will likely be the first of many times he does just that.
Everybody in the pool here at #NYR practice (no specific order): Vesey-Hayes-Spooner, Buchnevich-Zibanejad-Fast, Kreider-Howden-Zuccarello, Namestnikov-Chytil-Lettieri.
Skjei-McQuaid, Smith-Pionk, Staal-DeAngelo, Claesson-Shattenkirk (gulp).
— Brett Cyrgalis (@BrettCyrgalis) October 9, 2018
It’s clear Quinn is still looking for some semblance of consistency from the forwards. Given the group, I’m fine with most of the line combos as long as the kids get time to be properly evaluated. I am certainly intrigued to see what Chytil and Namestnikov can do together.
As for the defense pairings, I’m not reading too much into the Claesson/Shattenkirk thing. Shattenkirk is coming off a knee injury, perhaps he tweaked something and is getting a scratch. Perhaps not, and he’s just being scratched because he’s been relatively meh to start the year. It makes you wonder if Staal, who’s been atrocious, will get that treatment at some point as well.
There’s a lot of overreaction to the lines right now on social media. I’m staying away from it for now. It’s three games into a rebuilding season with a new coach. Sometimes you just need to let things play out over a month or so and then evaluate from there.