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07-22-2011, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Mathieu View Post
Oh, got it now. Make sense now.. But I think we are going to see more and more "offensive" 3rd line in the NHL. I think the good old responsible and defensive 3rd line tend to disapear by the years.
I think you can get away with having some pure offense on your 3rd line if you have really defensively responsible top-6 guys like Kesler or Datsyuk, but you're going to need defensive specialists on your roster SOMEWHERE, and unless you've lucked out and been able to find one that can also play in your top 6, then usually the 3rd line is the best spot for your shutdown forwards.

There are exceptions to any rule, but I don't see 3rd line shutdown players going away any time soon.

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