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08-20-2012, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by ECWHSWI View Post
yup, playing against 1st liners is the same as playing against 3rd liners...

DAChampion - the bolded are real strawman. I never said any of that.

ECWHSWI - some players stop progressing before they hit 20, others still progress in their late 20ies and 30ies, its not even uncommon. Desharnais has been getting better every year and there is no hint that it might stop soon.

Last year was his first full year in the NHL, like Alexei Emelin who is a bit older. I don't see anyone claiming Emelin is at the peak of his development. I don't want to accuse anyone of double standards but it seems to me people are grasping at straws to ditch Desharnais, like they've done his whole career.

As for third liners and first liners - NHL third liners are good hockey players. They are defensive specialists, seasoned veterans, tough fellas. You'd think a player like Desharnais would have a hard time scoring against them.. Of course you don't send Desharnais to defend against Crosby if you have Plekanec. I wouldn't stand Stamkos or Tavares either. Desharnais is not a two way forward but he's a playmaking center, I'm sure theres a use for that in a top6. Last I recall forwards' task is to ensure goals are scored first and foremost and Desharnais definitely helps that. We have a ****load of two way players already.
I have yet to see anyone in this thread claiming DD should be a 4th liner or anything...

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