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02-17-2012, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by gillyguzzler View Post
With how the season has gone and the carousel of wingers Plekanec has had, it's unfair to classify him as a #1 or #2 or #3 center.

Had he played all year between Cole and MaxPac, he'd probably be close to a point a game and people would say he's got #1 center numbers and he's great defensively.

Would he play with Bourque and AK, that would be a pretty good second line and hence, he'd have decent numbers and people would say he's a very good #2 center and he's great defensively.

But he was playing with Darche and Moen and then Darche and Bourque. He's been very good but it's hard to classify him as a #1 type center with the role and linemates he is given.
I agree with your premiss. Kostitsyn already has great chemistry with Plekanec, ever since their trio with Kovalev, and that was a real legit first line. Now we have this other model of a first line that works with 2 physical wingers and a savvy center to distribute the puck in DD.

Why don't we just duplicate that line? Since obviously Plek can only scavenge points here and there so far with the personnel he's been paired with. Let's put Kostitsyn back on his wing and Bourque who has fighting skills on top of that? (PF's who can score/hit not unlike DD's wingers)

I think that would give us two good 1a 1b lines that can wreck any team, no size complex.

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