Kadri centering the 1st line?
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07-15-2012, 03:02 PM
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Grabo and Kessel never seemed to click, for whatever reason. Neither did Kessel and Connolly. I don't know what it is, but despite his obvîous limitations in terms of finish, at least Bozie has the ability to find Kessel out there. Its part talent and part chemistry that determines a line's effectiveness.
Grabo would only be marginally more responsible than Kadri. Bozak, more than both combined, but he's the least gifted, offensively...
I think Grabo is great. I also think he clogs up the 2 hole for other young guys coming through the ranks. Who knows, maybe a top line of Grabo with JVR and Bobby Ryan would click, creating room on the 2nd line for Kadri and/or Bozak.
Wait, did I just trade Kessel for Ryan?
Grabovski and Kessel did not play a single shift together last year (at least as far as the line combos site says; but I also don't recall) and really only played together ~3% of the time in 2010-2011, the year when Kulemin put up 30 goals on that line and Wilson proclaiming "they're our top line" on more than one occasion when we struggled to find a good fit on the wing (Lupul, Versteeg), so it's no wonder Wilson didn't break up that 2nd line for any length of time.
If we're going to be trying JVR at center, I say Grabovski sees the same opportunity as well.
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