Jeff Carter - future at wing or Center?
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01-15-2011, 11:00 PM
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The best defense is a good offense. My only point is that line was supposed to be a TRAIN WRECK defensively and they are nothing of the sort, despite having our worst defensive center spearheading the unit (a guy who is supposed to be so bad that you argued in the off-season that he would have to be moved to wing).
None of them have Selkes in their future, but they are playing competently enough in their end. In the end the line works despite their deficiencies, because their strengths far outweigh them. We've effectively maximized the production we can get out of all three guys.
That's all I'm looking to do with Giroux, Carter, and Richards. I'm looking to maximize their production. Giroux could do a PPG at center. Carter can score 40 + goals. Both can absolutely terrorize the opposition. I'm not sure either guy can do that on the wing. I suspect Richie can do a PPG and play Selke-quality defense at either position. If that's the case, try him at wing and see if it makes magic. If it doesn't, that's fine. It can't hurt to try it.
I'm pretty sure you feel Carter is also an excellent defensive center, if not to the level of Richards. I agree. I also agree Giroux isn't as good defensively as Richards, but I also think he is at worst average in that area and that he'll continue to make strides. I also think having Richards being on Giroux's flank would make the line an above average line defensively. So your objections about the drop off in defense are noted but exaggerated.
You are looking at things on paper, let's look at them on the ice, which can quite often have results that are far, far different than those you projected on paper.
The results on paper are the empirical reality. I'm not dealing with "projections" I'm dealing with what those guys have done on the ice.
Moving Richards off center is a terrible idea. The team is literally miles better with him on the ice than other forwards on the team. He is the best center on the team... and the best forward on the team. Everyone else should be revolving around him, not the other way around.
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