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07-28-2009, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by LostMyGlasses View Post
You think Hodgson is going to be able to step in as a rookie and play well enough to hold down the third line Center spot?

Don't think so. Despite what many people here believe, third line Center is an important position where defensive responsibility and systems play are paramount.

Hodgson of course, does not slack defensively, but in his first season, I would be shocked if he's prepared to carry the load of a third line center, full time.
The difference is that the Sedins/Burrows provide decent defensive play when they are out there. Kesler/Samuelson on the second line provides defensive awareness as well. I don't have a problem with three lines that can score and matching up lines 1a/1b with the top lines of the other squads. The fourth line with Rypien and Johnson provide a third line type role as well. Add Hansen to that 4th line and it is essentially a third line with a 4th line label.

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