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11-11-2009, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Bugg View Post
Thanks GBC, your reviews are the cream of the ATD and I read them all just for the evaluations.

Just one question here: I'm also concerned about the defensive liabilities among the forwards, and I'm tempted to drop Bellows out of the lineup in favor of Wilson.

Lines would look like this:

Smith-Sakic-Aurie
Gottselig-Dionne-Leach
Steen-Nilsson-Loob
Wilson-Poulin-Tremblay

Gottselig's not a physical guy either, but at least he'd provide a bit of defensive conscious to the second unit.

My only major regret is taking Dionne over Kennedy. With the way the bottom six shaped out, Sakic/Kennedy would be the best two-way combo.
I think the world of Johnny Wilson. I'd actually have him in there ahead of Gottselig.

The thing is, your second line is built to be a scoring line. With Dionne there, it's not going to be a good defensive line. So you substitute Bellows for Gottselig on the second line, and put Wilson in the line-up, you've improved the defensive ability of the second line, but you've weakened its offensive ability. If you're looking for a two-way line, then yeah, go with Gottselig on the second line. We wanted a two-way second line, and that's why we went with Lach and Sutter when we did. You want an offensive second line. You want Bellows there.

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