Question about prospects/line-up
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07-05-2012, 12:52 PM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Kunitz is a complementary player, and he seems to accept that role. Ryan, on the RPG line fills that same role, but I think he chafes under that responsibility, and restriction. The 1st line goes as Getzlaf and Perry do. Ryan is expendable on that line. Take him off of it, and you might lose a few points, but it wouldn't be tough to replace the majority of them with someone like a Chris Kunitz, or perhaps a Palmieri or DSP-type. To me, he's made it clear he doesn't want to be a complementary player. He wants to be the star of his own line, where he doesn't need to adjust his own game to someone else. Some of this is definitely ego, and Ryan wants to take a more prominent role, but he also wants to be "the guy" on his line. Like it or not, that's never going to happen playing on Getzlaf and Perry's line, and even Selanne keeps him off the 1st PP unit.
I think, ultimately, one of the things that keeps Ryan from seamlessly fitting with Getzlaf and Perry are his own desires to lead his own line, and not feeling like he should need to change his game to accommodate Getzlaf and Perry's style. That's just a feeling I get from watching him vs. other players who have played with the two of them.
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