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07-23-2011, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaromir Jagr View Post
That's just the thing. It all depends on personal perception. Fans just like to make their own 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines up and rank who is what.

There has to be some objective way to judge things. The guy is easily in the top 90 of NHLers, and there should be 90 first liners in the league (30 teams with 3 first liners each). And based on his physicality, defense, leadership, etc., the rest of his game is easily on par with someone who deserves to play in the top-6.

The guy who is #180 in NHL scoring (30 teams times six 1st and 2nd liners=180) had just 34 points. Assuming some players missed a significant number of games, it's safe to make 40 points a cut off to be a decent second liner. For the record, getting 40 points would tie a player for #41 among left wings and #142 among all forwards. That's solidly second line performance.

If Dubi can score in the mid-50s regularly, he will be a borderline first/second line player.

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