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Too many second-line centers: Worst than ever?
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03-03-2012, 05:11 PM
Et le But
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New York
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We actually have our two best centermen, Desharnais and Plekanec, plus 2 skilled 1st round pick centers in Leblanc and Eller. If we add another centerman, that gives us 5 centermen. Something has to be done, how are you going to develop Eller or Leblanc making them play 4th line duty forever?
1. Leblanc has been used as a winger all years.
2. While I think Leblanc's future is as a winger, even if it's not, players have moved back and forth before. Just ask Claude Giroux.
3. Playing prospects in a defensive role until the "earn" more offensive opportunities doesn't ruin them, especially if they are the real deal. Using Plekanec as a grinder early in his career didn't keep him from becoming a 60 point player. The Flyers are stacked at C, yet Couturier has improved his offense all year long despite playing in a 3rd or even 4th line role for long periods of time. He's taken advantage of injuries.
4. More players have been ruined by being rushed than by being used cautiously. If we go into next season with a C tandem of DD, Eller, and say Grigorenko/Galchenyuk, we are setting them up to fail. Desharnais is not good in his own end, the rookies will not be, and Eller's decision making still needs plenty of work.
I don't get what the rush is for, if anything is going to hurt these guys it's our lack of winger depth forcing them to play with terrible linemates. Even a veteran like Plekanec was overmatched this year by having a revolving door of floaters and plugs that offered him no help on either end.
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