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11-09-2012, 02:22 PM
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Mystlyfe
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Originally Posted by Chancellor Vitale View Post
Interesting. So if he doesn't get the #1PP love, maybe it won't matter too much which position he plays. I would think in any case he'd get the nod over Perreault and especially Wolski (who's been a disappointment most of his career) for the Top 6.
It depends on what type of 3rd line Oates wants to utilize. The Chimera-Laich-Ward line was tremendously effective as a shutdown line to start last season (and even had decent production). If Oates wants his 3rd line to be a checking/shutdown line, Laich is probably the best fit for 3rd line center (unless he trusts Beagle/Hendricks as much as Hunter did and they can maintain their play over a full season). If Oates wants the 3rd line to be more of an energy/scoring line, then possibilities emerge for Perreault to play 3rd line center or Wolski to end up on 3rd line wing. With only two scoring lines, Perreault and particularly Wolski are "top six or bust" type of players.

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