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08-03-2012, 07:33 AM
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I think people sell Hagelin's offensive ability short. His legs never stop and he is very elusive. I think that you will see a few players moved around into that other top-6 role. I wouldn't be surprised if Pyatt was seen in the top-6 from time-to-time.

With the Rangers moving Dubinsky and the loss of Prust (who was pretty much a 3rd liner) they have gotten significantly less "tough". Ideally Doan would sign in NY and they could add some more truculence to the top-6 but looking at the projected top-9 (Richards, Nash, Gaborik, Kreider, Stepan, Callahan, Hagelin, Boyle, Pyatt) the only (2) players who can even "fight" are Boyle and Pyatt. Having Rupp and Asham on the 4th line is great but the Rangers ran into this problem in years past. If those guys are rarely on the ice, other teams will push them around without the fear of any push-back.

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