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02-10-2012, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by 101st_fan View Post
Peverley is a top 9 playmaker. Smithson is a 4th line grinder/PK specialist. Totally different roles and spots. Other than Nichol, the players you listed were all 3rd liners.

On any given night, there is a choice between McGrattan, Smithson, and Yip ... all role players, grinders, 4th liners. One is a PK and face off specialist, one is an enforcer, and one is a 4th line waiver pickup that only a couple of weeks ago had the boards questioning why Poile even signed him.
Fair enough, although just because Peverley has reached his potential doesn't mean he wasn't ever shoved down the the 4th line with us. It became a joke that he went from our 4th line straight to the top line in Atlanta centering Kovalchuk. If I recall correctly he never really had a spot with us. He bounced around all kinds of lines including the 4th one. But I digress, we don't "need" to get rid of Smithson and he's fine at what he does but I think the bar is set a little low on what our 4th line center should really be capable of. No we don't need someone like Legwand centering the 4th line, but a little boost over a Smithson-type would be nice. Which, I guess, is why some people want to see Yip play I suppose, because we have no other option right now. McGrattan is irrelevant as far as I'm concerned.

PS am I the only one that sees a little similarity between Yip and Brandon Bochenski? He was a random pickup that showed some flashes of ability and surprised some with his speed and shooting ability. Then they're the same type of player both in build and skillset. I don't think Yip is the next coming of Steve Sullivan or anything, just saying I think his role can be useful with the team over a relatively lengthy period of time.

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