Friday, August 28, 2009

Jason Allison invited to Leafs camp

I for one am excited about this. If you haven't heard the story, check it out on Allison will come to camp with no contract.

I like this a lot! Allison is 34, and he will help the PP. He hangs out on the half boards, uses his big body and playmaking ability to either walk out front, or start to walk out front, draw defenders in, and then make a good pass.

The knock on him is his -14 or whatever it was the last time he played. Granted, that is not the type of guy Burke and Wilson have been interested in lately, but I like the idea of getting a PP specialist and a legitmate offensive talent. Say he plays 2nd-3rd line minutes and runs the PP, that would be solid.

Possible power play units with Jason Allison:

Allison - half boards/down low
Ponikarovski/or Jason Blake - in front of the net/working the boards
Stajan/0r Grabovski - Centre, zipping around, finding openings
Kaberle - QB at the point
White/Van Ryn - Hammer time on the other point (Wilson also likes to use Stempniak in this spot but I do not!)

Here are some line combos (I don't feel they'll have a 'First' and 'Second' line etc. but roll all lines)

Jason Blake - Jason Allison - Alex Ponikarovsky
Niklas Hagman - Mikhail Grabovski - Nikolai Kulemin
Lee Stempniak - Matt Stajan - Tyler Bozak
Jamal Mayers - Wayne Primeau - Colton Orr

I would like to see Johnny Mitchell and Jiri Tlusty make the team too, and Christian Hanson I wouldn't mind. So we'll see what happens at camp. Wouldn't mind seeing Stempniak sent down, if you can't tell, not a fan of the Stemper.

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