Is LW more of a problem than C?
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06-13-2011, 09:57 AM
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There is no question that center is the bigger problem, because the biggest problem the team has is a lack of playmaking ability, a lack of players who are capable of producing quality scoring chances for themselves and others. Because center is the more difficult position of the two forward positions, most of the best playmakers are centers. There are always exceptions (in the past, Jagr; today, Kane), but for the most part, the best offensive players and the best playmakers and puck distributors play the center position.
It is for the same reason that whoever suggested that Anisimov (or for that matter, Stepan) movve to wing does not understand the difference in responsibility between center and wing. Why would you move the smartest defensive forward we have to the wing, where he will have less responsibility? That would be a horrible move. That's misusing an asset.
Boyle should be moved to LW, because like Dubinsky, his package of abilities is better suited to the wing, as he is more of a goalscorer than a playmaker, and because the center position has too many responsibilities for him to handle.
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