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04-21-2010, 08:53 AM
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Seriously, have you ever watched Kovalchuk play?
Devils fans criticize him because he carries the puck
He does not need a playmaker to thrive offensively.
In fact, he'd probably benefit more by having a couple grinders to just let him go with the puck and drive to the net for rebounds.
EDIT: Personally, I think Drury and Callahan would be ideal complements to his playing style. Defensively sound grinders.
The idea is to build 2 good scoring lines, not have 2 good scoring players. Individual players are much easier to shut down than entire lines. A center would make the whole line better. You need a passer to make the line work.
Look at Jagr, Nylander, Straka in 2005-06. That line was unstoppable until Jagr got hurt. Nylander was great for us, the only true #1 center we've had since the lockout. Since he's been gone, we've struggled to score.
It's not about getting a center to make Gabby better. It's about getting a center to make the entire line better.
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