Thread: Prospect Info: Grand Rapids Griffins 2012-13
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11-21-2012, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by FissionFire View Post
The only problem with dropping Evans from the lineup is that you are left with 3 guys on defense (Almqvist, Paetsch, Billins) who are pretty much non-factors in the PK, while leaving a rookie who missed the second half of the college season last year as your #3 behind Smith and Lashoff. If one of those two goes to the box suddenly Nicastro is your first unit PK D. Not sure if he's ready for that, or if Blashill would even be comfortable cutting his PK options that close.
And say what you want about his play but it is necessary to have some toughness in the lineup in the AHL. I dont care how you feel about it in the NHL but if you think a team can get by without enforcers in the AHL you dont know hockey. Nyquist, Tatar and tyhe like are too important to not have them surrounded with some toughness.

Do we really want Smith suckered into fighting more often?

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