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11-09-2011, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by TonySCV View Post
Because he's playing on the wrong line, and that's not Brown's fault. If Brown played on the 3rd line all the time, where he belongs, he'd continue to put up the numbers he does and no one would have any issue with him because 3rd line guys aren't expected to have the skill of top 6 players.

Brown puts up consistent points every year and gives 100% every shift, but he's not a skill top 6 forward. He's just not, but the fact that his coach (and the GM given he's in charge of personnel) are constantly putting him in a top 6 role, he gets the microscope put on his overall skills.

Again, it's not Brown's fault he's playing where he is. He's being miscast.

Dean needs to bring in a top 6 winger so Brown can be effective in a 3rd line role.
Don't agree, sorry. You don't put up 24-28 goals a season with 3rd line skills. You just don't. People seem to think if you drop him to the third line but keep him on the PP he's numbers won't decline, almost suggesting his offense comes from the PP. It doesn't. He's scored 21 goals on the powerplay the last three seasons combined, out of the 76 he's scored, or 28%. That means 72% of his offense is coming 5-on-5. That's better than Kopitar (65% at even strength), Penner (71%) , Gagne (59%) and Mike Richards (56%) and just behind Williams (75%). Brown does his best at even strength, which to me speaks not only against what others have said about awarding him more PP time to off-set the goal reduction from 3rd line ice time, but also against what you are saying in that he's not skilled enough to be on the top two lines.

Brown is once again on pace for 55 points and has hit at least 24 goals four straight seasons. Even on a slumping team, Brown is tied for fourth in goals and sits fourth in points, which if you look at his production in the past is where he is usually at in terms of points. I swear this is the only fanbase where pushing a guy like this to the third line would even be discussed.

He shouldn't be a 1st liner, but he shouldn't be a 3rd liner either.

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