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07-28-2012, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Forever View Post
Smyth and Horcoff are also more defensively responsible than the other two lines so that'll help Yakupov learn the two way game in the NHL.
For me playing Yak on the 3rd line sets up the rest forwards nicely. It give Yak his needed responsible line mates, it would also keep Horcoff and Smyth happy and energized being able to play with an uptempo guy. It also gives Gagner two wingers who drive the play the right way 5x5 against the toughs and allows RNH's line to soak up the gravy minutes. IMO this year Krueger is going to throw Gagner into the deep end and find out if he can keep his head above water playing against the toughs.

Hall Gagner Hemsky
MPS/Harski RNH Eberle
Smyth Horcoff Yakupov
Eager Belanger Jones

That forward group is pretty deep and strong with a number of guys who can slide up and down the lineup.

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