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Ducks 2011-12 Training Camp Discussion (Maroon assigned Syracuse, Smaby on IR)
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09-28-2011, 04:47 PM
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He could easily be replaced, but I see nobody on our roster that could effectively do it (unless we move Ryan to the second line). Cogliano is a worse finisher than Blake and I'm not sure McMillan is good enough offensively to play 16+ minutes with Koivu and Selanne.
Not to mention if we move Cogliano to the second line, we have nobody to centre the third line (IMO McMillan is far more effective playing on the wing than in the middle)
The 2nd line only averaged 14ish minutes a game at even strength. Blake himself only averaged 13:15 minutes per game at ES. McMillan would have had to grow into the role a bit, but I don't think it's a reach to suggest it was certainly possible.
I'm not saying he would have been superior to Blake, but I don't think the difference was that significant.
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