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11-16-2011, 12:24 PM
Join Date: Jun 2007
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What frustrates me about your definition of a top 6 player is your lack of inclusion of Power Forwards. There is a large necessity of a guy who can cycle the puck and go to the front of the net in the top 6. You are saying there is no spot in the top six for these type of players and there is. You typically can't just put the 3 most skilled players on a line and think it will work (there are exceptions of course). Umberger's skill set is different than Brassards. RJ is strong and able to get into areas of the ice that Derek is unable to.
Majority of RJ's goals for us have come from within 10 feet of the net. This is a skill that most players don't have, the ability to create space (or atleast maintain position) within a close proximity to the crease. Mike Knuble is a perfect comparison to RJ. This is a top 6 role that does not require a player to 'dangle' the puck. It contrast it actually just asks for the player to maintain posession and create space for the other players. 3 Daniel Briere's on a line would be horrible. Add a Scott Hartnell and Ville Leino and it put Briere in a situation to not have to do the dirty work but to do what he does best and you have a successful line (last year - Philly's best line).
There are different characteristics and different skills for the roles of players in the top 6.
I said that he is good to the skill players for this to the first line for example. But he does not make it now.
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