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06-30-2012, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by SoFFacet View Post
When precisely was that?
Don't be difficult. Others have already mentioned his goal scoring pace throughout 10/11. He had a cold start and picked up January - April. No question that he was weak offensively last year.

GGK was an energy line that worked by scrumming on the offensive zone boards for the entire shift. The effect of the line was good, its not the same as an optimal defensive line that can also suffocate options when the opponent gains the zone.
You make it sound as if it was a line that wasn't used in the defensive zone, which isn't accurate at all. Being a defensive shut down line isn't about running around like it's a penalty kill and weathering a storm in your own zone. It's about stepping onto the ice with the intention of keeping scoring forwards off of the scoresheet. GGK did it by gaining and maintaining puck possession and finishing the shifts in the offensive zone. That's not uncommon.

Of forwards that played more than 10 games, only Matt Ellis and Patrick Kaleta had more starts in the defensive zone.

4th line energy is another role entirely than shutdown line.
I haven't suggested otherwise. To clarify, it's ironic that you argue that his size and lack of reach prevent him from being a defensive player, while you feel that he's very effective at scrumming along the boards in a 4th line capacity (something that isn't typically done by the midgets in the league).

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