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11-05-2012, 12:11 PM
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Mystlyfe
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Originally Posted by Chancellor Vitale View Post
What are your opinions on Laich for this year? More likely to move to 2LW or 3C? He's had some pretty productive years in the past playing LW if I remember right. Has the organization mentioned anything in this regard? Given what they pay him seems more like 2LW...
Hard to say for sure. After Perreault and Wolski signed their contracts, there was mention that both were given assurances they'd have a chance to play a top six role, which makes it seem that Laich may be pencilled in at 3C to start the season. But any number of factors can change, and there are other options for 3C (Johansson, Perreault, Beagle). It's also unclear how much Oates will like to shuffle lines.

What's more relevant fantasy-wise is how much powerplay time he gets. Even during his time at 2LW, his even strength numbers weren't a whole lot different than they were last year (though he did see plenty of top six time last year as a center after Backstrom went down). During his three 20+ goal seasons, he posted even strength+short handed totals of 13G/27P, 14G/29P, and 13G/38P. During his past two seasons, his ES+PK totals were 12G/35P and 11G/32P, which is basically in line with what he was doing before. The decline was in his powerplay stats. He's only had 9 PPG over the past two seasons combined, compared to the 12G, 9G, and 8G he had with a man advantage in the three seasons before that.

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