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07-13-2011, 06:42 PM
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Because he'll never learn to develop his defensive game unless he is put in a situation where he is forced to. Briere is bad at defense because he never learned defense when he was developing. The Coyotes and Sabres basically just put him in a scoring role and he never needed to worry about defense.
Did starting JVR out on a checking line really hurt him in the long run? How about Giroux? Or Carter or Richards?
And when Seguin was in the lineup early in the season with the Bruins, he played on a line with Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler, those aren't unskilled grinders. They are both guys with scoring ability. Seguin didn't work early on because the Bruins play a tough defensive system, that he was never used to playing. They could have stuck him out there and said, "whatever, just play you're game, don't worry about defense." But they want him to ultimately be a two-way forward that fits their system, so they forced him to learn it. It was painful at times, but he'll be better for it.
That's not true at all. Schenn can absolutely learn the defensive aspects of the game playing on a top scoring line. Richards and Carter played on an established team, as did JVR when they first got in the League. Schenn is in a different spot where he is the focal point of a team that is retooling. Boston plays a completely different style of Hockey than the Flyers do.
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He won't be without talent on the 3rd line. Nodl or Talbot both played with very talented centers previously, and Simmonds is absolutely no slouch either. He'll easily post at least 40pts a season. He'll get his opportunity to play with top level talent on the PP.
He'd be much better off playing with players like Giroux, or Briere than he would with Nodl and Talbot. In my opinion. Schenn is going to be a scoring line player. No reason not to start him off in that spot in my opinion.
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