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07-12-2008, 12:29 AM
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I'd like to keep Dawes w/ Gomez at this point too. I think its best to keep at least one of the team's snipers as being a sniper, and not making him become a playmaker just because he shows he can. If he develops that part of his game, that's great later down the line, but let him place to his strength.

Anyway, I don't see why the hate on Prucha. He got little ice-time last season, and though he's not as offensively complete as Dawes, because he requires a set-up man to be any effective, I still think, especially w/ only 3 (or 4, if Drury is moved to wing, but unlikely) top-6 wingers, he'll have another chance, and w/ Shanahan gone maybe that extra ice-time will benefit him. There were points last season where he was looking good but the puck would always bounce the wrong way, and I'd imagine being benched so long made him rusty. I do think though that it's a do or die season for him.

I'm guessing we might see something like this:

Dawes-Gomez-Naslund/Prucha
Prucha/Naslund-Drury-Zherdev

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