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10-10-2008, 01:42 PM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Nashville, TN
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The Tennessean is reporting that Peverly will definetly start on the top line.
"A center by nature, Peverley has been practicing on the left wing with top-line players Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont and is likely to start there in tonight's season opener at St. Louis, although he will probably rotate with Patric Hornqvist and Jordin Tootoo on the top two lines."
Peverley has been playing with a ton of confidence this year in training camp and is being given a shot that he has rightfully earned out of camp to prove that he can be an effective in a scoring role at the NHL level. Rich excelled early in camp when he was put in preseason games with top talent and showed a lot of skill and patience in training camp sessions when paired with that talent again.
I look for him to bust his butt out there to make sure that he rises to the level of his linemates. This is a huge opportunity for him and one that you can only hope he will not miss out on.
As said above, Peverley getting top-six minutes with Legwand and Erat would be way too soft. Instead by pairing him with Arnott and Dumont he will have a couple "bigger" players to work with and create open space for him to work within.
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