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08-30-2010, 12:29 PM
HFNHL Commish
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I will say this - that, as hockey has evolved, the traditional notions of what defines a LW, RW, or C have eroded.

Especially when you're talking about forechecking, a lot of coaches don't use positions on their diagrams anymore. Instead, they'll denote the responsibilities of the first forward into the zone, second, and so on. Better yet, think about cycling, where players are constantly filling in the position that another player just left. Players don't skate in lanes the way they did years ago, and so forwards' responsibilities have evolved. And to the OP's question, I think this has probably changed the way pro coaches build lines, to an extent.

Line matching certainly matters more now than it did 30-40 years ago, and the average shift is shorter.

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