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09-04-2009, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by orthosrgn2 View Post
I agree that he will be no where near the checking line, but I think he fits better on the second line with Vermette and Umberger plus he is less likely to be beaten up then on the fourth line where his skill doesn't match the grinding nature of that line. He must however, perform at a very high level in the preseason before he would be given second line minutes.
Agreed, but remember the fouth line tends to get spot duty as a line. Most fouth lines are considered energy or fighting lines designed to pick up a game gone sour... Filatov will be fine on the fourth line until he's ready to advace. He may even force the other teams 3rd line to take the ice against our fourth if he excels... (a stretch I know but one never knows)

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