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01-07-2012, 12:45 AM
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The term 'top 6 player' isn't necessarily a term used to just describe the top 6 players on a team, or the top 180 forwards in the league. Yes technically with 30 teams you need 180 top 6 players, but not all those players are 'top 6 players.'

PAP is the perfect example. He has a 50pt season and plays on a top line, however if you took a poll of HF, there would be very few people who would describe him as a 'top 6 forward' or select him in that spot on a team wanting to make a cup run. yes he's put up the numbers, but quite a bit of that has to do with the fact that he is playing top line minutes with legitimate top 6 players. Likewise, AA will likely put up top 6 type #s as he's given the ice-time.

IMO, in an ideal world, on a cup contender, AA would center a 3rd line, or pinch hit on the 2nd as required. With the salary-cap, it's very hard to get the ideal, but that doesn't mean that everyone playing on the top 2 lines is a 'top 6 forward'.

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