Opening up more space for Jack Hughes on the ice seems like a good idea.
The highly skilled rookie center now has two linemates who can do just that, but also provide a scoring touch of their own. Hughes has been skating with Blake Coleman and Wayne Simmonds of late, a likely trio versus Philadelphia on Wednesday.
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Head Coach John Hynes explained the reasoning behind the combination.
"I think with all the lines we've divided up with some new guys and/or younger guys with some experienced players.
"I think Blake and Wayne are bigger, stronger, competitive guys. They're heavier on pucks and in the offensive zone they get stops in on the forecheck. And that's something we're working with Jack to be a little bit better and I think that hopefully should allow them to play a little bit more on offense and then you know, both those guys are responsible in the in the defensive zone, so give him a little bit of help in those areas. I think with the two types of players he's with, it should be able to help get pucks back and be able to play more with the puck than he has as of late. And then on his side, there's got to be a growth in his defensive game when he gets in the defensive zone."