Thread: Ryan Whitney???
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08-31-2009, 09:55 PM
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If you're talking semantics then Kunitz is a first-line player because of the line he happens to play on. But hockey players aren't categorized so distinctly. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datzyuk primarily play on two different lines but either one of them more of a first or second line player?

If anything forwards are grouped in three ways in my opinion: Top-6, checking/defensive and energy/grinding. If you're two best players play the same position chances are they'll play on separate lines. Thus have TWO scoring lines. Chris Kunitz falls into this category. First-line player is semantical, but top-6 forward is what he is.

As for Whitney he's the #2 D-man on our team if that means anything. He was a big reason we turned our season around and I expect big things from him this season.

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