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09-21-2003, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by montreal
1st line? I'd be happy just to see him make the team, as he should have gotten a look last season, but too many bodies. The guy was one of the top goal scorers in the AHL and had a great playoff along with Ward. He should be in the lineup, but where who knows. I think 1st line is a strech for sure. He's never played an NHL game in his life. I'd put him on a line with Juneau and Sundstrom, but thats me.
I think if both Ryder and Ward are in the lineup at the begining of the season, we'll be able to put up balanced lines regardless of where they play. They both have enough scoring skills to assume they could move their way up in the depth chart but they also both play a defensively sound grinding game, meaning they won't hurt us on the bottom lines either.

In other words, They can play anywhere between the 1st and the 4th lines while remaining valuable for us (mainly for their size and grit), and possibly allow Zednik to be moved to LW as we're pretty weak at that position after Bulis.

possible lines:

Bulis - Koivu - Audette
Zednik - Ribeiro - Ward
Sundtrom - Perreault - Ryder
Dwyer - Juneau/Kilger - Dackell

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