Thread: 4th line LW
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08-18-2011, 02:05 PM
Artem Anisimov
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Originally Posted by Vitto79 View Post
This is the fun part about debating on lines.

I just think Boyle scored 20 goals last yr and will need to be in more offensive situations. With that I think he will play the wing more this yr.

I see Torts using the 4th line more like a 4th line this yr since he should now have a true #1 line with Richards, Gaborik and say Wolski, then the Packline #2

Those two lines will eat up tons of minutes so between the other two lines there wont be much. Feds and Boyle are also defensively reliable and Stepan needs ice time.

Leaves a good energy line of Avery, Rupp, Prust with EC sitting most games.

Yes it knocks out Zuke but do you really think Torts is going to trust him defensively as much as he would Boyle?
Yes Boyle is better at offense than Rupp, but I think Zucc will make the team on the line with Steps and Feds. Feds and Steps are solid two-way players and Zucc has his share of back-checking also. I just dont see the need for more defense on a line that could have a creative passer in Zucc.

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