Stepan on the wing?
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07-13-2011, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by
That Stepan Guy
There's no guarantee Stepan will still be bad at faceoffs. Is there not a possibility that he improves? Callahan also brings a better net presence than Dubinsky and is better on the powerplay.
Callahan is not a better option as net presence. And Dubinsky is able to control the puck down low in a way Callahan does not do. Dubinsky can play a puck possession game and open space for his teammates.
Stepan could improve on faceoffs, but before the start of the season, before playing NHL games? Doubtful. It'll take a couple of years before he improves to the point he can center the top PP unit. Dubinsky is by far our second best faceoff guy (behind Richards, who won't be taking faceoffs on the PP as he will be QBing from the point).
Callahan will get PP time, but being realistic, he isn't the best option there anymore.
You can not have a bunch of grinders on the PP. The PP is critical. You need to have creativity and be able to move the puck and not be predictable.
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