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11-29-2012, 01:19 PM
Thirty One
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Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
I don't want my 3rd line center being a specialist. I don't want any of my 3rd liners being specialists. Hell, I barely want ANY of my forwards to be a specialist, unless it's a high end offensive one. I can accept it a little more for a 4th liner. For 3rd liners, I want them to be able to be on the attack, wear down their opponents, put up around 30-40 points, and yes, of course play responsible defensive hockey. The first two don't happen if they start 70% of their shifts in the defensive zone.
He's not Zenon Konopka. He's put up 26 and 35 points in his last two seasons. That averages to within the 30-40 range you've given above.

Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
That's not what's happening in Boyle's case. He's starting 70% of his shifts in the defensive zone and if he happens to be able to shift the team to offense, he's not getting off the ice, he's going on offense. And doing almost nothing.
During the course of a course a team will have a certain amount of offensive zone starts and a certain amount of defensive zone starts. Boyle taking the bulk of the defensive zone starts means that Stepan and Richards get to start most of their shifts in the offensive zone.

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