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07-19-2012, 11:05 AM
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Could the difference be that Girgensons is a good bet to play a shutdown role on the third line and that seems pretty much open, whereas Grigorenko is more likely a candidate to play on a top 1/2 centre role and he figures it might be harder to crack that role?
Does a team want an 18-year-old as the #1/2 if they have other options to see him continue to grow/mature before asking him to fill that role?
I think it has been easier for Edmonton to fill that role with younger players, low team expectations and all.
For Buffalo, they were seen to underachieve last year. Do they want to be perceived as taking a step backwards by placing high expectations on two 18-year-old centres in the same season?
If not I think fitting in a third line centre is easier than a top two guy at that age.
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