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07-29-2010, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by hockeyfreak7 View Post
I just dont think Giroux with Carter is an effective use of Giroux. Carter doesnt need him to score goals.

Giroux with Zherdev may be more dynamic, and playing Hartnell with Carter and JVR would still allow Carter to score goals.
Giroux could be effective but he needs to be at center and Carter would have to move to the wing, this is the only answer. Carter does not create for other players, he is a shooter, whereas Giroux creates for others so putting Carter on the LW and Zherdev on the RW it gives Giroux two players who benefit from his ability to create space with the puck and see the ice.

Bottom line is Giroux is a damn good player and needs to be utilized in a position where you maximize his talents and put players who could complement his skill level.

On the other side is who can you put JvR to get him to raise the level of his game. JvR needs to be with some guys who are physical IMO, it is the one part of the game that is lacking and one reason why JvR should never play a shift with Carter. Richards and Carcillo provide this balance.

After the playoffs it is clear that Hartnell benefitted from being with some new players after a really disappointing year. At the same time it is pretty obvious that Briere needs to be at center for the same reasons Giroux does, he creates space by being able to see the ice and freeze the defenses. With the success of this line during the playoffs it should be given the first shift of the new season, Leino is the wild card here. Can he play a full season and continue to be productive and does the hip act up during the season?

Bottom line:


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