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09-17-2008, 10:57 AM
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Fletch
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no doubt that the strategy needs to be altered when compared to the past three seasons. And last season, to a certain extent, it was altered with Jagr average 1:00-1:30 less per game than the prior two seasons and if you go back and look at the last few weeks, the numbers are even more dramatic. However, I think most competitive teams have their share of guys in the 18-20 minute range paving the way. Heck, I think Detroit's a team with an over-reliance on its top line despite their depth, as was PITT, so you have that too. In the end, I think this team will need to score more goals than last season (or at least be more consistent in their goal scoring) and balance isn't going to accomplish that, unfortunately. This team does have three legitimate (or close to legitimate) top liners in Naslund, Gomez and Zherdev. Drury has been an 18 minute per game guy (except the beginning of last season when he was closer to 21) for much of his career. We will still see that.

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