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07-17-2012, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by smoke meat pete View Post
We have a key hole at #1 center and probably don't have anyone within that can fill that spot. We have enough depth to acquire one if needed, although I think a good but not great center would be adequate with Lupul and Kessel.

Kulemin, JVR, MacA, Frattin and Grabs are all IMHO 2nd liners and Kadi and Colborne possible 2nd liners. It's possible one may be good enough to play 1st line one day, but not now.

A good, 1st line center moves everyone into a situation to help the team.

Lupul-____-Kess
JVR-Grabs-Frattin
Kulemin-Connolly-Kadri

Replace Connolly with Colborne mid-season. Move MacA, Bozak and Blacker for an upgrade on Bozak. Or put Bozak on the 3rd line instead of Connolly.
Once Burke adds the pieces he said he would I suspect we'll see a better line up.

I'd like to see something like this:

Lupul-NewPiece/Bozak-Kessel
Van Riemsdyk-Grabrovski-Connolly/New_Piece
Kulemin-Kadri-Frattin
3 of a billion 4th. liners under contract.

Kadri learns how to play center in the NHL on the 3rd. line protected by two fireplugs.

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