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08-19-2012, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Scurr View Post
If Kassian isn't ready for a top 6 winger spot we still have Higgins, Hansen and Raymond to compete for the spot. If Schroeder isn't ready, we have Lapierre, Malhotra and Ebbett. Considering that Higgins, Hansen and Raymond have all scored at a second line clip in the past and none of Lapierre, Malhotra or Ebbett have scored at a 3rd line clip, I think it's safe to say that Kassian is the more reasonable gamble.
But like I said, it isn't just about the point production of that one guy, but rather how the entire line will perform.

IMO, the only second line combination that would conceivably work out well if Kassian falters is Higgins - Kesler - Booth, whereas if Schroeder doesn't work out well, you've got Higgins - Lapierre - Hansen, Higgins - Malhotra - Hansen, both of which are fine 3rd lines.

The 3rd line has been fantastic last season, without the third line C being significantly better than anything we have now. The pieces that made it fantastic are still here, and are likely to help it continue to be fantastic.

The second line was awful last season, and we don't have anyone now that we didn't have then. The pieces that made it awful are still here, and we don't have anyone who are likely to change that.

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