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03-01-2011, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by bcv View Post
Playing agaisnt 3rd and 4th liner, while Patches is playing top lines night in and night out.

It seems like you really like DD and I know it's a little early to say this, but I think he's only gonna be a 3rd line center, which is great in the new NHL since you need scoring from your top9.

DD cannot play against top lines because he isn't fast/strong enough to contain them.
Currently this is how I see him too. 3rd liner + PP specialist. He's also a beast on face-offs.

I think he's underused right now on the PP (I think that for that, he's currently far superior to Gomez and should get his ice-time although it's not happening), but I agree that at 5v5 he will have a very hard time against the other teams top lines. I'm sure he'll learn a few tricks and improve along the way, but he won't become a first line center.

But a 3rd liner that can put 40-50 points (getting a bunch on the PP) is very valuable in the current NHL.

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