#1C no longer a top priority?
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03-28-2012, 03:38 PM
The Perpetual Retool
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ok - last vetige of credibility out of the window, and i'm going to have to ask this as the semantics are playing such a big part in this thread:
what exactly constitutes a "top six player" ? I'm under the impression from my vantage point across the pond that this means a guy who can slot on to either of the top two offensive lines on a team without necessarily being a real leader either in production, playing style, attitude or whatever, and so the conjecture about whether someone is a #1 center or merely "top six" is about whether they're considered a hockey club's standout offensive player, or just able to perform to a decent standard on one of the top two lines more often than not - is that about right ? looking at the Caps for example, Backstrom is #1C and Brooks Laich is "top six" ?
Well, I can't answer the question definitely, but I think the easiest, most consistently applied metric is point production. I would say top 6 is 50 points minimum.
Of course, we might not have 6 of those guys, but I also think when we say top 6, we're imagining top 6 on a contending team.
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