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06-27-2012, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim Bob View Post
I know I'd like to see a line like Ennis-Grigorenko-Vanek......
His speed and offensive creativity can compliment just about anyone out there. I don't see a need to move him if he's capable of providing scoring. Who's to say he can't continue to develop and start making top d-pairs his personal ***** as he gains experience and confidence. Wing, center, just get him out there and let him create.

Hodgson got a lot tougher opposition checking assignments in Buffalo than he did in Vancouver. Ruff used him in all situations, vs. how the Canucks "built his value" with the time FES drew in Buffalo. He was killing penalties, getting d-zone draws, late game situations... His intellegence and positioning can make him a very good 2-way player as he matures. Having him now and Girgensons in a little while may give Buffalo a 1-2 checking tandem in the middle they haven't had since Brown emerged in the middle 12-13 years ago during one of Peca's abscences.

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