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11-21-2012, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
Michalek is at least a legit top-six forward. McEachern and Dackell were leeches. Yashin completely carried that team. Spezza has also had Alfredsson after he bloomed, plus a developed Hossa (and later Heatley). Yashin had himself.
Maceachern was no less a top-6 forward than Michalek is now. Dackell and Greening are a wash. They were similar linemates offensive and defensively, only argument you could make otherwise is the size advantage that Spezza's wingers possessed.

Alfie broke out his first year and then had injury problems. Hossa didn't play with either, wasn't on their teams long and didn't really match with their peak seasons.

Did you look at the teammates Yashin had over the years and wonder why they didn't score with him, but scored before or broke out after? The guy was a pain in the to find linemates for because he couldn't adapt to anybody else. They either fit into his rigid play selection or they didn't. He meshed well with Kudelski, Maceachern and Duchesne in 7-8 years and that was about it. Plus Maceachern was far from instant chemistry. He had great size and awesome skill, but relatively poor hockey sense.

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