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10-30-2012, 03:22 PM
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Some players do well in limited roles. You can't just pick a stat like ES 5 on 5 scoring over 60 min period and act like that is the measure of performance they would continue to have if given more ice time. IMO, TK thrives in a 3rd line role because he is given far more reign of the puck and play than he would be in a top 6 role with highly skilled players. The 3rd line's primary role is to shut down and chip in offense where they can. TK is great in that role.

However, the times I have seen TK with Geno and Sid, he hasn't figured out how to be that complimentary player that lets them lead the play. There have been countless times where he was with Sid on the rush and instead of dishing Sid the puck he had blinders on and chest sniped from the boards. To me that boils down to lack of Hockey IQ, vision, and offensive creativity. I'm not condemning TK for not having these things, just pointing out that IMO he doesn't have the ability to play a top 6 role on the Pens.

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