Thread: Speculation: Acq/ Rost. Bldg./ Cap Part XV
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06-28-2012, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Langway View Post
Laich could play LW on a line with Ribeiro and take key faceoffs. I'm sure they'll look to improve that area of Ribeiro's game but I don't expect a ton of growth in his game at this point. It would be nice, of course. Here's hoping.

Oates talked about how centers should be playmakers and make those around them better offensively so from that standpoint I'd look at Perreault, assuming he's still around, at 3C over Laich unless they're going for very different looks in the bottom six. On the surface the new approach should be good for Perreault. I've never been entirely sold on his skating but hopefully a byproduct of being a more up-tempo team is a relatively higher conditioning level.
The difference between Laich and Ribeiro in faceoff ability would translate to like 1 win per game, IINM. Laich isn't as good at it as he used to be.

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