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06-25-2008, 10:26 AM
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Fletch
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in 57 games he scored more even strength goals than all Rangers except for one. Detroit had three wingers with more ES goals than Avery. PITT had two. Philly did have four, although Knuble, with 29 goals, only had one more ES goal than Avery. Ottawa had three.

Again, 15 goals doesn't sound like much for a second liner, but 13 goals for a second liner, who should be among the four top scoring wingers on a team, isn't all that bad since we're looking for ES goals and not talking about PP goals. Is it a reflection of the Rangers' depth? The fact that the best any Ranger did in terms of goals was only 25 is an issue, but it's not an issue that's associated with the second line winger. While it's not a perfect number, and it's not a perfect science, his numbers and his skill do suggest he can be a decent second liner. Of course if you don't have a top line, good defense and a goalie to win games for you, it's a moot point who's on your second line.

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