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12-06-2010, 10:54 PM
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Both? That line was pretty bad defensively all year, especially on the road. Loui always did his part but he can't be the entire defensive conscience of his line. I'm pretty sure Neal got moved after one particularly terrible game defensively by that line that followed a string of poor games all around for that line. I can't remember, but common sense would seem to dictate that they weren't doing just a whole lot of scoring while they were collective double digit minuses.
My thing with maybe moving Neal is that I think it would spread the scoring around the top 9. I may be in the minority, but I really think the pigeon-holing of Wandell as some defensive specialist at the NHL level is borderline absurd. I just see way too many tools that lend to creating offense to say that he'll never score more than 20-40 points. When he plays with any linemates who have an ounce of offensive awareness and skill he looks like an almost completely different player than when he's out there with Barch and Petersen.
Well yeah, it was both imo. He wasnt scoring enough to justify the poor defense on that line. Im all for splitting him from Richards at times. I don't think Neal needs Richards as much as others seem to.
I agree with your opinion on wandell hes definitely our best defensive center, but he has more to his game than that. I thought the line with him and ott was really good for awhile. It seemed like they got broken up largely because burish wasnt cutting it on the 2nd line. Ideally, we'd have two more scoring line RWers so we could have 3 lines that are legit threats every time they step onto the ice.
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