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05-26-2011, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Appreci8 View Post
From a goal scoring standpoint, nothing else.
1) Having a player of his talent level on the ice (especially on the second line) makes a team plan and play differently. Even if he's having one of his "games", he opens up space for the other people on his line just by being there (if they ever get the cycle established, which is a whole other thread...)

2) Goals are important

3) While Semin may not be better (or even as good as) defensively than some 1/2 wingers, it is not easy to find a similar winger who's available. Closest one I can think of is Phil Kessel, and I'd rather have Semin.

Coincidentally... I wonder how much of Semin's "lack of effort" malaise is because he has first line talent but plays on the second line? He's always been streaky, but I don't remember him being quite so lazy when he was on the Ovechkin-Backstrom line.

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