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08-03-2012, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by PuqTalk View Post
Bobby Ryan was clearly playing at his best ability alongside Getzlaf and Perry. That's where he belongs, he's a first line player.
I am not sure if he was playing at his "best ability" with them. I actually doubt that. He was playing at his best production, and at better ability than he was last year, but when they were re-united, that wasn't overly impressive, either. And I don't think "first line player" really means a lot. He'll see enough time on the ice. A top player impacts the game when he's on the ice, independent on what number that line currently has.

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Bobby shouldn't be punished for the team's lack of depth. He works best with Getzlaf and Perry and it's not his fault if the second line suffers as a result.
It's not a punishment. And they haven't been working that well, at all. If they kept working the way they did a year ago, I am not sure we'd be having this discussion. When they aren't on, they are not a very good line, and all three of them are wasted. And they haven't been on as a line nearly enough recently to make up for the lack of depth we're creating by forcing them together.

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Bobby scores more even strength goals on this team than anybody and that deserves first line minutes.
Playing apart from Getzlaf/Perry doesn't automatically mean he'll see less minutes than those. There's always shifts they'll be together. But just that even-strength-production from Ryan is something we can really need, and we need it even moreso coming from a different line.

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