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09-13-2012, 09:48 AM
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Velociraptor
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Since I don't have much time to share my thoughts, I'll try and summarize the rest of the comparisons.

- Just realized Patey was your fourth, not third line centre. Merrick is just as competent, but a lesser candidate as a shutdown centre, but can play responsible defensively and put points up, just like Kindrachuk.

- Fourth lines are pretty similar, I think Patey and Patterson are equals as players. Patey perhaps has an edge due to shorthanded goal-scoring prowess. But they were both sound defensive forwards who were assigned checking assignments during their career. They both also possess an outlier in Selke voting, a 3rd place each which is extremely impressive. Reid and Presley are both great defensive forwards that make your fourth line the most likely to match up against the Castors' top lines. Stastny and Barnes were both two-way guys who were reputable defensively. I'll give your line an advantage here.

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