Thread: Value of: 2L or 3L Center to Buffalo
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10-11-2012, 02:17 AM
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Originally Posted by QuietCompany View Post
Buffalo doesn't need a 2nd/3rd C. Steve Ott is already a 3C. Ennis or Hodgson or one of their '12 picks have 1st line centre potential. Ennis is already a 2nd line centre. So basically they just need that 1st line centre.

Imo, they need to acknowledge that they're in a bit of a rebuild and give Grigorenko or Ennis or Hodgson the chance to win over that 1C role. If not then you package Hodgson or Grigorenko plus another player or prospect for a good but probably not top 10 1st line centre similar to the Brayden Schenn + Simmonds <--> Richards deal (you have to remember that Simmons' value wasn't as high when that deal was made although Brayden Schenn was ranked as the no1 prospect outside of the NHL at the time by many).

I honestly wouldn't do anything about the centre situation if I'm Buffalo and see how it plays out with the younger players.
Ennis and Hodgson will be playing top 6 minutes for us...That's not a question. The problem is one of them has played a whopping 26 or so games in the NHL as a center and is bad defensively and sucks at faceoffs, and the other has played one season of NHL games total...And is meh but improving defensively and sucks at faceoffs. And Steve Ott and Ville Leino are also not natural centers, and won't be even if Ruff plays them there. We absolutely need a stopgap solution down the middle.

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