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08-09-2012, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Edgeworth View Post
29 other teams don't have 1C's. Boston doesn't have a defacto 1C, niether does Florida, Colorado, etc. 1B's are just as fine. People just like to think that hockey is like basketball and 1 player can fix things. A lot of teams that make the Finals have scoring through all 3 (sometimes 4) lines. A #1 center isn't going to make Lupul and Kessel's point totals go up 20 points and turn them into playoff behemoths. However getting 15-20 extra points from two members of the third line is completely plausible.

In the year Chicago won the cup, Toews had 68 points.

In the year Boston won the cup, Krejci had 62. Hell LA won the cup and Kopitar had 76 points on the season, the 2C in their line up had 44 points.

It's not that big of a deal. We have other spots we can address to make us a better team. Most notably: a top goaltender.
Because points are the be all end all? Bergeron may not be a true first line center, but he's hands down better than anyone the Leafs have. Boston also had Tim Thomas and his great performance. You could also say that Krejci is better than anyone we have as well.

Toews and Kopitar are top 10 centers in the NHL. The number 2 centers on those teams are better than our #1 (Sharp & Richards). Center depth is incredibly important to winning a Stanley Cup.


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