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09-22-2008, 12:31 PM
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dubinsky - zherdev?

Might be a good idea to have dubinsky center Zherdev. While Dubinsky plays a good north american game and would fit nicely with the callahans and the fritsches, it wouldnt be terrible to pair him with zherdev and continue his process of developing the more creative, finesse, flare skills set that is more common in the european game, that he was forced to experiment with after being paired with Jagr. If Dubinsky can slightly modify his game where he can be physical, go to the net BUT ALSO accommadate flashy, skillful wingers then we're talking about a #1/2 center with the versatility of few others in the league. Dubinsky has shown to be a quick learner...might as well teach him to play with a tricky winger now than attempt to add that in to his skill set in a couple years.

The best centers have always been the one that could play multiple styles of play... might as well put dubi to the test now.

Maybe he picks up zherdev's style of play quickly, zherdev starts to trust him and we have a dynamic pairing right off the bat. lets gomez concentrate on feeding naslund, hopefully get him streaky.

Drury Gomez Naslund
Dawes Dubinsky Zherdev - very balances, dawes is small but has shown that hes not afraid to get into the corners, allows dubinsky to create room for zherdev with his skating, and dawes to get some cleanup goals
Fritsche Anisimov Prucha -
Callahan Betts Voros/to the 4th - adds some scoring

the liuneup is flexible - prucha can take dawes' spot or vice versa. Or if Prucha doesnt find the net and fails to impact the power play, you open up a spot for korpikoski on that line. This way anisimov gets some skill player on his wing but a defensively responsible, grittier forward to do the grinding.

excited to see where everything turns

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