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07-15-2009, 10:06 AM
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Ross as the 3rd line C isn't ideal, but I think he can be adequate, especially if he can do well in the faceoff circle. This may not be much in the way of sample size, but he was over 56% in last year's regular season...27/21 on 48 faceoffs. In the playoffs, he took 28 faceoff and was 50%.

Anyone know if AHL faceoff stats can be found anywhere on the net? The AHL's website doesn't seem to have them. I'm wondering what Ross's faceoff numbers have been with the Phantoms.


As for Pyorala, I'm mostly just holding out hope that I'll like his game more than Nodl's. I don't think Nodl is worthy of a spot on a scoring line, yet I don't particularly appreciate him in a bottom six role either. He's not enough of an energy guy for me. I see that this Pyorala guy is small, but I'm hoping he's feisty as hell...aggressive as hell, similar to Sami would work for me.

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