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02-28-2012, 03:08 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Chicago, IL
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I think Hodgson's mumbers will improve purely based on playing with more talented wingers. He's going from Raymond, Higgins, and Hanson to Vanek, Pominville, and Leino.
I also don't buy the 3rd pairing defense partners arguments. Obviously he did see a lot of them, but it doesn't work out so that's all he played against. He obviously saw some time against other teams top pairings and lines. No one can line match up that well. I think he'll be fine.
IMO - the other big difference will be from getting 12 minutes to probably 17 minutes, with some additional PP time as well. That will obviously be a change, but after he adjusts that's a lot more opportunity to put up points.
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