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08-04-2012, 02:25 PM
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VanIslander
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
A lot of that edge is PP-driven. Probably not all of it though.
Yeah, some of it is ice time, playing the best offensive situations, like in the offense zone against a tired opponent's lesser defense pairing on an icing call. Koivu as a top line center is sent over the boards for those kinds of plays. THAT is a Top-6 role NOT a Bottom-6 role.

There's a difference between producing offense from the top line and being able to produce offense from a Bottom-6 role. Drafting a career third liner with decent offense and history of going against the opponent's top lines when the team is trying to preserve a lead may be better than drafting a higher offensive guy with some checking ability (at least for Bottom-6 duty in an all-time context; as an extra skater, that'd be a different matter).

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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
...be careful not to get TOO excited about offensive/two-way players in your bottom six.
Indeed.

Plus, keep in mind:

One of the biggest criticisms of the Selke for the last decade at least is how it's become a way to honour offensive line players who check, Top-6 guys who are pretty responsible, rather than the best defensive forwards, many of whom are Bottom-6 role players. Just because a top line player has more Selke votes doesn't mean he is the better defensive player, especially when comparing Top-6 vs. Bottom-6 guys.

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