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03-27-2011, 12:18 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
If you rely on the kasper line for every defensive zone draw, you are going to give them more ice time than gretzky. I'm also not a fan of having a flaky offense-only player like kovalev on a 4th line - I think there is zero chance of him playing hard with fourth line ice time.

Believe me, it's better you hear this now than when younger done drafting.
Reen could look to last year's Chicago Blackhawks for a team that went with three "offensive" lines and a defensive fourth line. All top 3 lines had at least a 1.5 ratio of offensive zone faceoffs to defensive zone faceoffs. And the fourth line with John Madden took almost twice as many d-zone draws as o-zone draws. It helped that the Hawks were a great puck possession team.

I think you need at least one strong two-way line in your top 3 lines that can go against the other team's best, though. Chicago had that.

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