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11-29-2003, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Corey
I think having Hossa center a checking line would be dreadful. Hossa doesn't have Juneau's instincts or smarts and would both mess up his assignments and put himself in the penalty box.
I strongly disagree here. Hossa has speed and size which helps a lot in the checking centerman job and he is also a much better forechecker than Juneau. He works extremely well along the boards which is also a strenght for a center who's role is to contain the opposite forwards down low. Finally, Hossa is also good in his own zone and willing to come back and help out. Very underrated defensive abilities I feel on these boards as everyone focuses on his puck skills. But Hossa's strenghts come mostly from his play without the puck, meaning he does those little things on the ice that will shut down the opposite lines effectively, while providing more offense than Juneau can. And let's not forget Hossa is a natural center as well. This is IMO where he belongs and will feel the most comfortable.

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