Holes or Problems With This Years Line-up??
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09-17-2008, 12:05 PM
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Just my opinion :
Basic lineup is better than last year, but it won't show that much if Habs have injuries to key players.
Last year, habs had 2 better than average second line centers (koivu + Pleks) and 3 fourth line centers (Lapierre-Smolinsky-Chipchura).
This year, Habs have 1 better than average second line center (Pleks), 2 second line centers (1 year older Koivu + Lang), and 2 fourth line centers (Lapierre and Chipchura). So it's slightly better than last year, but it's still look like a hole to me.
But the addition to that mix of Laraque and Tanguay, + the year of experience gained by many players could make up for that hole.
All in all, habs are better. But not better enough to reach Detroit or the "over-the-top" talent in Pittsburgh. But you never know comes playoffs time. Chemistry, intengibles, hot goalie, rookie breakthrough in mid-season, trades, etc., can change the picture.
You do realize that finishing 22th for points among all centers makes Pleks an average 1st line center and that Koivu (31st) is a better than average 2nd line center as is Lang (34th).
I mean, who do you see has better second line centers than Koivu or Lang to name them with the innaproppriate title of "average 2nd line center", and I mean, besides the Malkins and other great centers of this world who are bonafied top 10 centers but play on the same team than another bonafied top 10 center????????
You do realize that Pleks is only 25, right??
You do realize that there are good probabilities that he hasn't hit his cealing yet?
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