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04-05-2009, 12:28 AM
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The Third Line

LW Adam Brown

- “Players” says Adam Brown “made the Red Wings immediately due to his superb skating and unwillingness to back down from rough play”. Brown was top-20 in goals twice, including once in the top-10. He had 217 points and 378 PIM in 391 games over 9 NHL seasons. In 1946 he was 9th in goals and in 1947 he was 6th in assists, showing he could do both effectively. He was top-10 in PIMs twice, won the 1943 cup with Detroit and lost the finals the year before with them. When he was sent down to the AHL after his rookie season, he rebounded by being named to the first All-Star team down there. describes him as “reliable goal scorer who could stand his ground in front of the net and win battles for the puck along the boards” and notes that he was “was a solid defensive player for nearly five years in Chicago” – Although his offensive production in the regular season is as good as the other three LWs, it is this defensive ability and his lack of playoff production (6 in 26 games) that makes him a good 3rd liner for this squad.

C Michal Handzus

- Handzus is still in the NHL; you just didn’t realize this because he’s been buried in LA for two seasons now. At 6’5”, 217 lbs, he has enormous size. He can survive on a 2nd line but is best suited to third line duty. He’s been 2nd, 8th, and 11th in Selke voting during his career and has killed a ton of penalties, his long reach serving him well. Handzus has 360 points in 676 NHL games and a decent 25 more in 60 playoff games. He has represented his country four times since turning pro, scoring 14 points in 21 games over 4 tournaments.

RW Ken Schinkel

- Schinkel was property of the Rangers for over a decade, during which time they shuttled him back and forth between the AHL. He provided a decent amount of offense as well as playing strong defense. According to, Because of his veteran sensibility, the Rangers used Schinkel as a defensive forward, mostly on checking lines and killing penalties. In “Heroes”, it is said that because he was a more seasoned player who knew the importance of backchecking, Schinkel was often placed with rookies, so they might pick up his defensive style. He said, “I prided myself on my defensive work. I was just hoping the brass would appreciate the defensive part of my game. I got a bigger kick out of making a play than sscoring. Far from a mere defensive specialist, Schinkel put up 325 points in 636 NHL games. Though there is no doubt that expansion helped lengthen his career, when Schinkel finally retired, he was the 4th oldest player in the NHL (40)

The Fourth Line

LW Pete Horeck

- Horeck actually had the most goals and points among the four similar LWs I found, but his style of play makes him a perfect 4th liner. Look at what “Players” says about him: ”The Michael Peca of his day, Pete Horeck packed a ton of meanness and physical punishment into his 145-pound frame… established a reputation as a ferocious checker who was both fearless and reckless… he became a fan favourite, the little guy who could…in the first round of the 1951 playoffs he had his most controversial moment, racing after a loose puck he collided with Al Rollins, who was lost for the series with ligament damage.” Horeck was a top-10 goalscorer once and top-20 one more time. He was also top-10 in assists once. He finished with 224 points in 426 games and a decent 14 more in 34 playoff games. He also posted 340 PIMs, finishing in the top-10 once. “Pistol Pete”, as he was known, went to two finals, 1948 and 1949, but lost both times.

C Steve Rucchin

- A great all-around player who was the center for Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne for a few seasons. Rucchin was known as being very solid at both ends of the ice. He put up 489 points in 735 games, almost entirely in the dead puck era. He added 17 more in 37 playoff games, including the 2003 Finals run with the Ducks, where he was the team’s leading goal scorer. He had two game winners that year, including the OT goal that completed the sweep of the heavily favoured Red Wings. He finished 7th and 14th in Selke voting during his career, and says that he has established himself as a versatile NHLer with sound hockey instincts, good puck control, and a willingness to work his own end and the corners to good effect. He has a great career adjusted +/- rating of +95 thanks to his great work in both ends.

RW Mike Knuble

- Knuble has been a good two-way forward for over a decade now. He had a really late start in the NHL, playing his first full season at age 25, but he won the cup with the 1998 Red Wings. For four more seasons, Knuble played more of a defensive and physical role, usually playing on energy lines, throwing his big 6’3”, 230 lb frame around in the corners. It wasn’t until age 30 that he was given a chance to play top-6 minutes and get powerplay time, and he seized the opportunity, posting at least 21 goals and 46 points for the next six seasons while still being a conscientious and physical player. He has been very durable as he is now completing his sixth full injury-free season, and at 36, shows no signs of slowing down.

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