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06-03-2012, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by canucksPK View Post
But he was also AHL MVP and Tampa Bay doesn't have the most outstanding depth on forward..
Well, you did ask if he was going to break the top 6, and Tampa's top 6 is more than adequate. He might make the team (he was actually pretty close this season), but I don't think he will be playing in the top 6 initially. He's not going to displace any of: Purcell/Stamkos/St. Louis/Malone/Lecavalier and he'll have stiff competition for that last spot from Brown/Connolly and maybe Damien Brunner. It'll probably come down to either him or Connolly playing in the AHL next year.

Here are the lines (maybe):
Purcell // Stamkos // St. Louis
Malone // Lecavalier // Brown
Conacher // * // Brunner
Pyatt // Thompson // Hall

Pyatt had a good season this year, so he might be pushing for a 3rd line spot as well. If Connolly or Conacher aren't going to get consistent ice time in the NHL, it makes more sense to give them top line minutes in the AHL and call them up when a player in the top 6 gets injured.

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