Dream of a true 4-line team could be realized this season
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06-10-2011, 04:30 PM
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It doesn't take a genius to understand that having the puck is better than not having the puck. What they then decide to do with the puck is a totally different argument. Faceoffs are very important.
Having Loktionov, Schenn and Lewis as centers will HURT in that department. None of them had over 40% in draws this season. Obviously the sample size for Schenn and Loktionov isn't that big but it's definitely concerning.
It is a very small sample size for Loktionov and Schenn. The big boys do everything better then guys in the minors/juniors, including taking faceoffs. It takes time to adjust, and it takes time to build up a rhythm. Playing center in only a few games will not allow a player to do either. I expect all three to improve, but don't expect the improvement to be gigantic. Even Kopitar is still under 50% and he's got the experience and size the other three don't.
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