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billsandsabres 09-30-2003 08:21 PM

3rd line center
 
some people say roy, some say connolly, some say brown, some say mair
i say brown should be given the 3rd line spot as it stands now and here is why:

- roy should be sent down to rochester after preseason because i just think there aren't more than a very few players every year who can make the amateur-nhl jump. the sabres run a serious risk in stunting his growth by letting him forego a year in rochester. pyatt and connolly have both been slow to develop thanks to nyi making this mistake. there is also enough depth at center with the sabres that they can afford to give roy a little time.

- i don't think i need to say a whole lot about connolly. last year was a disaster and he should have to work his way up from the bottom. even if he is able to turn it around he may be better suited on the top 2 lines with either his or drury's shift to lw.

- the key to this for me is that the sabres need a shutdown center. their top 2 centers are both offense oriented playmakers. roy and connolly are in similar molds. brown has experience in this role, ok he is not shutdown, but he is about as good it gets on the sabres as a 2-way guy. and with a stable front 2 lines, maybe he can slip into a groove, rather than having his role and linemates shifted frequently. more line continuity is something i would like to see this year, i have never liked ruff's constant jumbling.

- mair's style of play i think really suits him for the 4th line. he had some good moments in his own end last year and of course he played hard, but i really think the draw to mair is his energy. i didn't think he used his linemates particularly well. what i think mair does best is bodycheck and beat people to loose pucks. i just don't see him being productive on the 4th line.

so that's my angle on 3rd line center. what is yours?

Paxon 10-01-2003 12:24 AM

I agree with everything you've said. However, I think you meant that Mair wouldn't be productive on the 3rd line (typo).

Quote:

Originally Posted by billsandsabres
i just don't see him being productive on the 4th


Tra La La 10-01-2003 12:29 AM

Brown is lindys boy.

WhoIsJimBob 10-01-2003 02:12 AM

I think Brown will be the 3rd line center at least to start the year.

Roy will be in Buffalo while Connolly is suspended and then he'll go to Rochester.

Connolly and Mair will likely get some time as the 3rd line RW and as the center and RW on the 4th line.

Takeo 10-01-2003 03:41 AM

Sending Roy back to Rochester is gonna be a shame. I'd give him a spot over Brown, Afinogenov, Dumont, or Connolly in a second! That said, I also understand how valuable these players can be, especially Brown. I really really hope Regier pulls a trade, even for picks and prospects, to let this roster fall into place. Too many forwards!!

billsandsabres 10-01-2003 08:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rob_paxon
I agree with everything you've said. However, I think you meant that Mair wouldn't be productive on the 3rd line (typo).

yep, thats what i meant

WhoIsJimBob 10-01-2003 09:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Takeo21
Sending Roy back to Rochester is gonna be a shame. I'd give him a spot over Brown, Afinogenov, Dumont, or Connolly in a second! That said, I also understand how valuable these players can be, especially Brown. I really really hope Regier pulls a trade, even for picks and prospects, to let this roster fall into place. Too many forwards!!

But has Derek really done anything in the preseason games this year to earn a roster spot?

It's hard to judge just from minimal media reports, stats sheets, and listening to snippets of games on the radio. But it certainly seems like Derek isn't tearing it up in preseason like he did a year ago.

CelticSabre 10-01-2003 01:37 PM

I agree Jim Bob. True he did play really well in training camp..but that's like playing pickup hockey..nothing like a pre-season game when it's against another team. I dont even think he has a point yet in the pre season (correct me if im wrong)


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