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07-19-2012, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Layne Staley View Post
Putting Tropp on the "top" line is a mistake. And he wasn't THAT physical last year, only had 1.38 hits per game. Maybe in comparing him to the rest of the team then he is very physical but in the grand scheme of things he didn't hit that often. And 3 goals in 34 games is pretty bad, rookie or no rookie. No way should he play with Vanek, if anything put Grigorenko on the wing in that spot instead of Tropp.
That you put "top" in quotes is to me indicative that you understand that Lindy Ruff wasn't rolling an offensive "number one line" last season.

Tropp reinvigorated Vanek/Hodgson late in the year. He was a tireless worker that finished his checks and fore-checked hard.

He had three goals in 34 games as a rookie. You pointed as much out. If I recall correctly, he typically played on the third/fourth lines until his stint with Vanek and Hodgson, so it's not really relevant how many goals he scored because he wasn't in a goal-scorers role.

He's displayed finish and offensive instincts through every step of his development. He'll by no means light the world on fire, but basing how he'll play offensively on several stints as a rookie when he wasn't used in a scorers role is extremely ignorant.

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