Is Jim Slater one of the best 4th line C's in the league?
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11-23-2012, 01:49 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
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Agreed with Guerzy, there is more to it than being a Stanley Cup contender, there are levels to build. You don't go from pushover to contender in a day, every single team that has won a cup in the past 7 years has followed the exact same progression. Rebuilding, playoff pushover, playoff contender, Stanley Cup Champion. We need to get to the playoff pushover state, and veteran like Slater is key to that compared to a rookie like Cormier, he adds leadership, poise, and depth, IMO.
I also think Slater can be the face of shutdown line. I am hoping that the Jets with increased depth move to a rolling 4 line team, with the 4th line anchored by Slater taking the tough shutdown minutes, while the top 3 lines are even spread out rolling scoring lines. He really needs improved wingers, Thorburn and Glass/Miettinen is not good enough. We need some defensive minded wingers to add onto the sides for him on the 4th line. Cormier might be an option at LW actually.
If they can get some tough minutes out of him, it makes sense but...
He has never really handled tough minutes well.
In general, fourth liners are sheltered, because they are your worst line.
Not completely against it, but I like easy minutes to go to goal scorers.
Now, if they are going to run the 3rd and 4th lines as co shut down lines or something, and it gives easy ice to Kane, Burmi, Welly and or Olli... Giver. I could see Noel running something like that.
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