Now I know the season just started and yesterday was only the first game, but we all have to pause for a moment seeing that Jagr had 4 points in his Dallas Stars debut. Holmgren just seemed to struggle this offseason to get anything done. Asking Jagr to wait may have proven a huge mistake in the long run.
A big issue in yesterday's game against the Pens was our zone possession. We'd break into the zone but it didn't seem like the Flyers could accomplish anything. That isn't to say we didn't get any chances, but there wasn't a lot of solid cycling in the offensive zone. What would have made the difference you may ask? I'll turn your attention to the post title... Jagr!
As we all know, Jagr is so strong on the puck. If you watched the Dallas Stars game he looked amazing. He was strong on the puck, making good passes, and scoring goals. He was in on so many chances it was scary. Yes, it is one game and it only takes one groin injury to slow him down, but you have wonder if letting him go may have been a huge mistake.
I don't think Schenn looked bad on the line yesterday, and I was hesitant to right this post until after today's game to see if he looked better (My prediction is we look rough today with the back to back games). Schenn has real potential, and he might be the perfect fit on the line.
Giroux and Hartnell didn't seem to miss a beat in the offseason. That saucer pass across the zone to Giroux was a beauty. Giroux made some fancy moves too. The big thing that seemed to be missing though was a player who could get puck possession in the zone. If someone could have slowed down the tempo in the zone it would have been perfect. Could Schenn be that guy? Maybe, but Jagr is that guy now.
I'll be interested to see if Vorecek is up on the line today. It wouldn't surprise me at all.
Oh, and I miss Jagr already...if you couldn't tell...