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10-04-2011, 11:31 PM
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Originally Posted by PredsV82 View Post
Looks like Poile wasnt bullsh***ing about Spaling being considered top 6 material...

interesting that Smith is on a wing as well
Trotz says he likes to start with two guys that have chemistry together, then add the third piece. I think that Smith and Willy are the two with chemistry. But neither have earned Trotz's trust to handle the Center position. So he adds Leggy with tons of speed who is a veteran, defensively responsible player.

But Spaling with Erat and SK74??? Why not O'Reilly? To me, Spaling just kills any offensive creativity on this line. Maybe I am unfairly type-casting Spaling because of his role last year playing on a shutdown line and a PKer. At best, I see him as a poor man's Goc offensively. I know Goc worked well with Erat and Kostityin, but Spaling may very well kill this line. I know, I know, it's Predator hockey. Sometimes it makes me batty!!

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