Thread: Injury Report: Bernier Injured - Back to Vancouver
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04-09-2010, 03:13 AM
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Despite his salary, I like the look of Bernier on the 4th line. The guy has the potential to be really effective for the team if you take almost all offensive responsibility away from him. Who knows, without the pressure of being expected to score, he may relax a little, just play his game, and pop some key goals in for the team.

Being on the 4th line may also encourage him to get back to hitting, hitting and more hitting. He knows the role of the 4th line (energy, crashing and banging) and if he's on it, he'll know that's what he has to do.

Going into the playoffs, I'd like to see these forward lines:

D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Burrows
Demitra - Kesler - Grabner
Raymond - Wellwood - Samuelsson
Hansen - Rypien - Bernier

Extra forwards for toughness: Rypien, Hordichuk, Glass

I don't like Rypien as the 4th line centre, though. His faceoff percentage is ugly and he's way more effective on the RW. I can't believe I'm saying this but Johnson would look much better there as the 4th line centre.

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