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07-30-2012, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post
The thing is, Nash is fantastic around the net. Of all the games I've watched over his career, his best nights have been when he's just powering to the goal and not trying to be fancy or pretty. If he plays that game, he should open up plenty of space for the guys on his line. Nash will find the net just like he always has.

He fits that role with Stepan, and he can play that role with Richards and Gaborik if he can learn to trust his teammates to carry the puck. That's always been an issue for him.
Im partial to a Richards/Gaborik and Stepan/Nash tandem as well.

Eventually, I think Kreider winds up on the left with Richards and Gaborik most nights. Hagelin filled that role admirably last season with his speed and ability to hound the puck on the forecheck. Kreider possesses speed as well, but perhaps more importantly, he is bigger and stronger than Hagelin which should help create more space. He also has higher offensive upside.

I really like the prospects of a Nash - Stepan - Callahan line following that up. Hagelin shifts to the 3rd line most nights playing with Boyle and Pyatt.

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