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07-19-2012, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Loods View Post
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.
While not wrong, I think Ott can do more for Vanek/Hodgson than Tropp can. Assuming Ott doesn't play center, anyway.

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