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08-05-2012, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by rynryn View Post
steals a lot of offense? it's not like our third line is controlling the puck and clutterbuck ****s it up for everyone all the time. for a fanbase that yells "shoot!" as much as we do he sure gets a lot of flack for not passing the puck.
Couldn't disagree more.

1. 3rd lines are supposed to keep the puck away from the opposing team's top lines. Easiest way to do that is to waste time controlling the puck in the offensive zone, rather than playing defense in your own zone. Streaking down the ice and taking a shot that goes high and wide, around the boards, and out of the zone, which isabout 50% of Clutterbuck's shots, is the opposite of what you want in a 3rd line.

2. Third lines go against weaker opposing defensive units, both in the Dman pairing and 1st line forwards who somethings cheat offensively. Therefore, it's easier to set-up a successful cycle if you have some 3rd liners that can do it.

3. Brodziak is the 3rd line center, who plays a fantastic puck-possession, cycle game in the O-zone. Give him two guys that can chase down pucks, cycle, and keep the puck in the offensive zone, even if they don't get a lot of quality offensive chances, and we'd have an incredibly effective 3rd line.

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