Thread: Rumor: Filatov to CSKA Moscow?
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11-16-2011, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Billy Madison View Post
I thought Butler was playing really well before he scored those goals. He could have had a hat trick if he pots that one late in the first.

Either way, the "energy line" thing is probably the most overblown comment or expectation of a 4th line in hockey. Yah, you have guys like Konopka that fill a role down there and play minimal minutes but it's BS to think offensive guys cant do at least something with the mins they play down there.

Most players in the NHL work their way up from the 4th line when they start, they prove themselves or earn more ice. Just because you're on the 4th line doesn't instantly mean you have to fight, bang bodies none stop, or get down and block shots. Just means you have less ice.
True to an extent, but usually if a franchise sees potential in a player they aren't on the fourth line for long. The third line is used for developing players with talent that just needs polishing.

Butler's play hasn't yet forced MacLean to move Condra off the third line, read into that what you'd like. Butler has to move past Condra, Neil, Alfie and Michalek, he isn't going to take either Condra (key PKer) or Neil's spot realistically, so where does BB go from here?

Similar situation faced Filatov, though I do agree he needs more time to fully develop.

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