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11-14-2012, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Yuri the Fury View Post
I don't understand, what do you mean with this ?

Those 3 players were top liners, this is scoring depth and that's true their top 6 was immensely productive but I was talking about pure depth, bottom 6, especially their 4th line.

Mills, Boulton, Janssen and Sestito combined for a total of 144 games last season but averaged only 6:30 minutes per game. On the other hand Kovalchuk was the league leading forward with 24:30 minutes per game, Parise was 7th with 21:30 and Elias at 35 registered a career high 19:57.

If this isn't screaming lack of depth...
Mills didn't see a game past early February, Sestito past early January, Janssen saw 4-6 games a month from February on and Boulton saw somewhat consistent time but their time was only seen because of injuries or prior to seeing where the team was at and what moves needed to be made as the season progressed

Once Henrique emerged, added Ponikarovsky and Carter via trade/waivers and Zajac/Bernier/Josefson became healthy, the forward depth became relevant and from February on it was present and we marched to the finals with it

From February on our bottom 6 consisted of Ponikarovsky, Bernier, Josefon, Clarkson, and Carter who substituted in for all of those bottm 6 guys you mentioned that saw time in the early stages of the year - the 6th guy during the later part of the season was usually Janssen or Boulton and that was until Gionta got called up which rounded out the bottom 6 even more

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